Harrison County Health and Human Sciences


Purdue Extension Health and Human Sciences (HHS) provides education to people of all ages in Indiana’s 92 counties on the topics of food, family, money & health. The community is our classroom – where we bring university information to the local level and help people strengthen families, spend smart, eat right, and live well.

    Welcome to the Purdue Extension-Harrison County Health and Human Sciences program. Our HHS educator delivers practical, high-impact, research-based programs to those in our community related to food-based knowledge and safety, money management, health and wellness, and family resources. We offer a variety of engaging and comprehensive programs and services including, but not limited to: Pressure Canner Testing, Conflict Management Training, Dining with Diabetes, ServSafe Food Handler and Manager Training, and Where Does Your Money Go?  HHS Extension programs offer a variety of adult and youth classes catering to these needs. Contact us today to learn more about what HHS can do for you!


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Purdue Extension Harrison County:

Health and Human Sciences



247 Atwood St.

Corydon, IN 47112


Meet the Educator

Tara Beckman

Tara Beckman

Health and Human Sciences & Community Development
Extension Educator

A Letter from the Educator

Hi, everyone!


I am Tara Beckman, the Health and Human Sciences and Community Development Educator serving our county.  I am a licensed Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, with over a decade of teaching experience including having taught an array of courses and topics under the FCS framework.  Over the years, I have also devoted much of my time toward many school and community efforts involving youth and adults and have experience in both facilitative programming and event planning through various roles I’ve held while in education.

I am passionate about helping others- with a particular interest in developing effective systems that help to achieve desired outcomes.  I look forward to collaborating with community members, local leaders, and all other stakeholders, while working to improve the quality of life for current and future residents of Harrison County!

Purdue Extension Health and Human Sciences assesses the needs and assets of the community, and based on that assessment provides educational programming and research data to community members, organizations, local government, and coalition.

The four pillars Health and Human Sciences focus on:

  • Food
  • Family
  • Money - Financial Well-being
  • Health

For specific program opportunities visit: State HHS Website

If you have any questions or would like to chat about the programs we offer feel free to call the Extension Office at 812-738-4236 or email: tdbeckma@purdue.edu


Upcoming/Current HHS Events

food preservation
Mastering Home Food Preservation 2024

Purdue Extension is inviting you to a Mastering Home Food Preservation 4-day workshop. You will...

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Boiling Water Bath/Pressure Canning Workshops

Join Purdue Extension Master Home Food Preservation instructors to learn the basics of pressure...

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apple pie
My Oh My, It's Apple Pie!

The Harrison County Extension Homemakers will be hosting the annual Pie Contest and Auction...

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Extension Homemakers at the Harrison County Fair

Check-in for the open show projects is in the Homecomers Hall at the Harrison County Fairgrounds...

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shoe drive
Shoe Drive Donations for Water Step

Shoes can be dropped at Harrison County Extension Office (downstairs lobby) Monday-Friday...

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Previous HHS Events

Grow It, Cook It: Brussel Sprouts

On April 9th, 7 participants participated in the Grow It, Cook It session featuring Brussels...

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spring meeting
Extension Homemakers Spring District Meeting

On Thursday, March 14th, Indiana Extension Homemakers in the Bedford District gathered for a...

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Grow It, Cook It: Onions

On March 12th, 11 participants participated in the Grow It, Cook It session featuring Onions!

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cookie walk
IEHA Cookie Walk

Harrison County Extension Homemakers had a successful Cookie Walk event at Historic Downtown...

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Eat Smart, Live Strong: Healthy Holiday Charcuteries

Join HHS Educator, Tara Beckman, and Nutrition Education Program Advisor, Cindy Finerfrock for...

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holiday workshop
IEHA Holiday Workshop

Tuesday, November 7th, the Harrison County IEHA had their annual Holiday Workshop at the...

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meal prep
Meal Prepping 101: Prep Now, Eat Later

Our HHS/CD Educator, Tara Beckman, and CWC, Katie Davidson, had a full kitchen- with 5...

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repair affair
Repair Affair of Harrison County

Harrison County IEHA members from all clubs in the county came together in order to donate...

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Mixing It Up With Smoothies

The smoothies and the physical activity you can get with the Blender Bike were a hit!

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fall district meeting
IEHA Fall District Meeting: Get Connected, Stay Connected

The Fall District meeting was held on Wednesday, September 28th, 2023 in Scott County, Indiana. ...

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ag days
Ag Days-Fruits of Your Labor

HHS Educator, Tara Beckman, had the pleasure of using Jennings County’s Blender Bike for...

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first books
First Books for Kids Program @ Corydon Farmers Market

On Friday, September 22nd, IEHA members, Elaine Fischer and Karen Schwartz, spent their evening...

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Grow It, Cook It, Learn It: Root Vegetables

September 21st: Harrison County Master Gardeners hosts this Fall Speaker Series. Open to the...

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literacy challenge
September Literacy Challenge Kit

Stop by the office to pick up your FREE September Literacy Challenge Kit! This month's...

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carnival for cancer
Carnival for Cancer

The 47th Annual Carnival for Cancer was held Friday, September 15th, 2023 at Fountain Church.

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International day
IEHA International Day

The Harrison County Extension Homemakers hosted International Day on Tuesday, September 12th with...

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farmers market pop up
Farmers Market Purdue Extension Pop-Up Booth

Purdue Extension Educators, Tara Beckman: Health and Human Sciences/Community Development and ...

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herbs and spices
Cooking With Herbs and Spices

HHS Educator, Tara Beckman, and NEPA, Cindy Finerfrock, kicked it up a notch today with their...

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Zucchini! @ Corydon Farmers Market Purdue Extension Pop-Up Booth

July 14th: Zucchini was our featured produce item this week at the Purdue Extension Pop-Up Booth...

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cherry pie
Cherry Pie Contest

2023 Harrison County Extension Homemakers Homemade Pie Contest and Auction supports continuing...

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Matter of Balance

Health & Human Sciences Educators, Tara Beckman (Harrison Co.) and Emma Finerfrock (Clark...

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seeds of hope
Seeds of Hope

On Saturday, May 20th, Purdue Extension teamed up to provide “Planting Seeds of Hope”...

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small steps
Small Steps to a Healthier Diet

Our HHS/CD Educator, Tara Beckman, partnered with LifeSpring's Nurse Educator, Breeze...

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DWD 3 month reunion
Dining With Diabetes: 3 Month Reunion

Our Dining with Diabetes group from 3 months ago made their return to the Harrison County Public...

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career day
Corydon Intermediate Career Day

On May 11th, our HHS/CD Educator, Tara Beckman, and our Extension Program Assistant, Jocelyn...

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managing conflict
Managing Conflict

Tara led the Managing Conflict session, which gives participants the opportunity to explore...

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pinwheel festival
Pinwheel Festival

Booth visitors at Saturday's Prevent Child Abuse Harrison County Pinwheel Festival, in...

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eat smart
Eat Smart Live Strong

Discussion focused on ways to increase physical activity, lower sugar, salt, and fat intake in...

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Eat Smart Live Strong

Blue River Hills Club Extension Homemakers (IEHA) learned more about living a heart-healthy...

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food labeling
Food Labeling

Food labels can be confusing, but participants were beginning to feel more like “label...

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dining with diabetes
Dining With Diabetes

Throughout the month of February, Health and Human Sciences Educator, Tara Beckman, along with...

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Where Does Your Money Go?

WDYMG is a two session program designed to help consumers better understand how they spend their...

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Extension Homemakers Holiday Workshop

Tuesday, November 15th, the Harrison County IEHA had their annual Holiday Workshop at the...

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Extension Homemakers Scatter Kindness Pocket Hearts

Keep a lookout for pocket hearts that may be shared in our area. while you’re at it, see if...

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Our HHS Educator, Tara Beckman met with SWAG (Seniors With A Goal) at Dairy Dip Community...

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Latest HHS Newsletter

Latest HHS Newsletter

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February-March Newsletter

Health & Human Sciences Connections is the quarterly newsletter for Purdue Extension Harrison County's Health and Human Sciences Department. If you would like to receive future newsletters in the mail, please contact our office manager,...

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Previous Newsletters

April/May 2024

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February/March 2024

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December 2023-January 2024

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October/November 2023

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july newsletter
July/August/September 2023

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mens health
Kindness Hearts: Spreading Kindness One Heart at a Time

Kindness hearts are a reminder from Indiana Extension Homemakers that wherever you are, someone is thinking of you.

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Featured Resources

home-based vendor
Home-Based Vendor Resources

Who is a Home-Based Vendor? What products may a Home-Based Vendor sell? What are the labeling...

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Family Publications

Families are the basic foundation social unit. Creating strong, stable and resilient families are...

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time management
Time Management

Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day? This problem is common for people...

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Eat, Gather, Go

Healthier living is easier than you think. Lots of little actions really add up. Start with a few...

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Suicide Awareness

Read more for information and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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Planning for a Secure Retirement

Are you looking forward to the day you retire? Or, do you dread the thought? Being able to retire...

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Food Insecurity

One in nine Americans struggles to have access to enough food, also known as food insecurity....

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Opioid Crisis: Substance Use Education

Misinformation and stigma about substance use makes it difficult to change outcomes. These online...

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Credit Freezes and Fraud Alerts

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Advice

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Why is Hydration Important?

The warmer the weather gets, the more water we lose and the more risk there is of losing too much...

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Money Management

Do you know where your money goes? Most of us don’t. Where Does Your Money Go is a program designed to help you better understand how you spend your money. 

Where Does Your Money Go? (WDYMG) is a program designed to help consumers better understand how they spend their money. Program activities include determining your spending priorities and habits as well as creating a spending-savings plan

For more information, click below:

Where Does Your Money Go?

Staying Scam Safe

People all around the world are affected by scams every single day. Are you prepared to react if you suspect a scam? If you are not, consider joining us for this scam program. This program will cover some common types of scams, provide you with proactive steps you can take to protect yourself and your information, and show you where you can go to report scams or frauds that have taken place.




Declutter Your Life with pen on a tablet of paper 

Clutter is a disordered collection of things that impedes movement or reduces effectiveness. Empower Me to Be Clutter Free is an educations program that can be offered in one, two, or three sessions, either in-person or online. The sessions are as follows:

  • Session 1 – Provides de-cluttering strategies and discusses the emotional barriers that often prevents us from letting go of our things.
  • Session 2 – Addresses paper clutter.
  • Session 3 – Discusses how to store your things so that you can maintain the order you’ve created in your home or office. 

All sessions last approximately one hour.

Walk with Ease

Walk with Ease is an evidence-based program that was developed by the Arthritis Foundation. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, you can have success with Walk With Ease.


Purdue Extension wants to help you increase your physical activity. No need to worry about finding time to attend a program—this one is done completely via email!

Walking is an easy way to start and maintain a physically active lifestyle. Walking is accessible to almost anyone, does not require specific skills or abilities to perform, and can be done alone or with others. Physical inactivity is directly related to the prevalence of adult and childhood obesity. Participation in regular physical activity, like walking, decreases the risk of coronary heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, obesity, breast and colon cancers, and falls in older adults.

Get WalkIN’ helps to promote and increase physical activity among adults simply by walking more. This unique program is entirely e-mail based. Over a period of 12 weeks, you will receive 16 e-mail messages from Purdue Extension containing credible and useful information about the health benefits of walking, how to overcome barriers, principles of self-efficacy, social support, goal setting, walking locations, and relapse prevention.

Let us help motivate and encourage you to get on your feet! This program helps participants make simple changes to their daily routine to get in more steps—and on their way to better overall health and well-being.


Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.
This program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls.

 view falls as controllable
 set goals for increasing activity
 make changes to reduce fall risks at home
 exercise to increase strength and balance

 anyone concerned about falls
 anyone interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength
 anyone who has fallen in the past
 anyone who has restricted activities because of falling concerns

Seeds of Hope

This program discusses the parallels of caring for plants and caring for ourselves as each participant (adults and youth!) plants their own tomato seeds, and provided them with a wealth of resources on caring for themselves and their seeds, how to harvest the tomatoes, store them, and use them in recipes provided.

Community Development


TASC, Taking Action to Address Substance Use in Communities, has been developed by a team of health professionals and Extension professionals from Purdue University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and The Ohio State University to provide a theoretical framework for Extension professionals as they work with communities to create a collaborative approach to addressing substance use disorder. The waning and irregular access to treatment providers in rural areas, combined with a need to increase efforts to help individuals with SUD enter recovery, call for community-based approaches which increase collaboration among community organizations and individuals involved with substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery support.

This Signature Program is recommended for communities which may not be using all their resources, have a shortage of treatment providers, experience significant barriers to recovery, or who wish to take a more proactive stance on substance use and develop an effective community-based intervention to augment and collaborate with existing recovery resources. This program will provide the necessary tools for an Extension Educator to serve a community - as a non-stakeholder facilitator - to create a Recovery Oriented System of Care.


The Managing Conflict program gives participants the opportunity to explore different conflict styles, learn to diagnose types of conflict, and gain strategies for managing conflict effectively.

Do you have an interest in Purdue Extension offering this training to your managers, employees, organization, or non-profit? Reach out to learn more!

Conflict Management Best Practices | Pryor Learning


Dining with Diabetes

Diabetes adversely impacts the lives of over 10 percent of adults in Indiana dealing with this chronic condition. People with diabetes may experience financial struggles due to higher healthcare costs and are at increased risk for developing long-term health problems. Dining with Diabetes is a cooking school that offers a practical approach to eating well for those with type 2 diabetes and their caregivers. The program consists of four sessions and a reunion. Program topics include:

  • planning meals and snacks with delicious and healthy recipes
  • cooking demonstrations and food sampling
  • motivation and support — connect with others who are living with diabetes
  • ideas for being more active
  • an understanding of how diabetes affects your overall health

Meal Prepping 101: Prep Now, eat Later

Learn meal prepping skills, shop the ingredients each week, and then bring them to the Purdue Extension office on the evening of the event. Together, we will meal prep three delicious meals (6-8 servings each) for your family using a Master Recipe concept. There will also be leftover Master Recipe for you to use as you’d like!

Purdue Extension will supply everything else you need - bags, disposable containers, cutting boards, utensils, & designated pantry items

A detailed grocery shopping list will be provided and reviewed at the end of each session in preparation for the following session.

What To Bring: The ingredients listed on the grocery lists provided each session for the recipes and a cooler to take all your meals home!

Optional: One partner (18+ years) to help prep the meals you’ll make and take home to share.


Cooking with Herbs and Spices

Learn how to use herbs and spices to season your food, make things a little more interesting, and give you a new take on some of the old standbys. You will also take home a guide to help you create your own salt-free spice blends at home.

Mixing It Up With Smoothies

Come learn about smoothies...Take home recipes, sample some delicious recipes, learn about the health benefits of smoothies.




Meal plan weekly calendar with veggies surrounding it.

Food Budgeting and Meal Planning is a one-hour program about how to get the most nutritious food for your dollar. The following topics will be covered:

  • Create a Grocery Game Plan
  • Eating Better on a Budget
  • Food Storage Chart
  • Food Safety Tips
  • Leftover Makeovers/Refrigerator Reboots
  • Make Your Own Casserole Leftovers


The new Electric Programmable Pressure Cookers (EPPC) are a very popular appliance in home kitchens. This small kitchen appliance is a versatile multi-cooker that can do the job of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and more, and also saves you counter space and money. If you would like to learn more about the features, the benefits, how to safely operate, and sources of recipes – because you are considering a purchase OR you have one but haven’t taken it out of the box – then this class is for you!

Eat Smart Live Strong

Are you interested in living a heart-healthy lifestyle? Are you looking for more ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables, with food availability and costs also on your mind?

"Eat Smart, Live Strong," offered by the Harrison County Purdue Extension Office, aims to teach participants how to read nutrition labels for healthy outcomes, increase your fruits and vegetables, and engage in light physical activity (sitting and/or standing, using the back of a chair, as able).A low sodium food demonstration and sample will also be offered.


Are you looking to make small, manageable changes to improve your diet and overall health?

"Small Steps To A Healthier Diet!" is a FREE class that's open to the public.

Topics will include nutrition label basics, healthy ingredient substitutions, a food demonstration with sample, and more!

This class better equips each person to:

  • Identify primary components of food labeling
  • Interpret and understand marketing label claims
  • Understand how to make informed food decisions

Food labels can be confusing, but participants are able to feel more like “label experts” by the end of the sessions!

Preserve It Now, Enjoy It Later:

Pressure Canning

Join Purdue Extension Master Home Food Preservation instructors to learn the basics of pressure canning through education and a hands-on workshop. Participants will prepare and process a recipe to take home.


All American 10 qt Pressure Canner / Cooker (USA), Pressure Canners -  Lehman's

Preserve It Now, Enjoy It Later:

Water Bath Canning

Join Purdue Extension Master Home Food Preservation instructors to learn the basics of boiling water bath canning through education and a hands-on workshop. Participants will prepare and process a recipe to take home.

Water Bath Canning Instructions & Safety Tips

Indiana Extension Homemakers Association

Other HHS Services

What is ServSafe?

Using the National Restaurant Association’s Serv Safe ® curriculum and partnering with the Indiana Restaurant Association, hundreds of food service employees are certified or re-certified in food handler certification annually in Indiana.Serv Safe ® training and certification sets the standard in food safety with the most up-to-date and relevant information. It brings together the current best practices to meet the industry’s changing needs. Participants in the training’s stay engaged, retain the information better, and understand how to apply it. 

For upcoming ServSafe event dates, please go to https://www.purdue.edu/servsafe/workshops 

Pressure Canner Testing

Purdue Extension Harrison County now offers Pressure Canning Gauge Testing.
*Dial gauges only— call our office if you need guidance with weighted gauges*

To ensure that your food is canned safely and properly, get your gauge tested EVERY YEAR.
Call our office to schedule an appointment!

Bring your canner lid with gauge to the
Extension Office at 247 Atwood Street, Corydon.

Testing cost is $5.00. Call 812-738-4236.

How to Use a Pressure Canner • The Prairie Homestead