Harrison County Health and Human Sciences
WHAT IS HHS?
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!
Click below to view the Harrison County Extension Calendar for upcoming events:
Meet the Educator
A Letter from the Educator
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:
- Money - Financial Well-being
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: email@example.com
Upcoming/Current HHS Events
September 28th: Come learn about smoothies...Take home recipes, sample some delicious recipes,...
Add a little spice to your life at our free Cooking With Herbs and Spices class on October 19th,...
Join our HHS Educator, Tara Beckman, and Community Wellness Coordinator, Katie Davidson, in this...
Join HHS Educator, Tara Beckman, and Nutrition Education Program Advisor, Cindy Finerfrock for...
Shoes can be dropped at Harrison County Extension Office (downstairs lobby) Monday-Friday...
Join ANR Educator, Ariel Camm, and HHS/CD Educator, Tara Beckman, for their “Grow It, Cook...
Previous HHS Events
September 21st: Harrison County Master Gardeners hosts this Fall Speaker Series. Open to the...
Stop by the office to pick up your FREE September Literacy Challenge Kit! This month's...
The 47th Annual Carnival for Cancer was held Friday, September 15th, 2023 at Fountain Church.
The Harrison County Extension Homemakers hosted International Day on Tuesday, September 12th with...
Purdue Extension Educators, Tara Beckman: Health and Human Sciences/Community Development and ...
HHS Educator, Tara Beckman, and NEPA, Cindy Finerfrock, kicked it up a notch today with their...
July 14th: Zucchini was our featured produce item this week at the Purdue Extension Pop-Up Booth...
2023 Harrison County Extension Homemakers Homemade Pie Contest and Auction supports continuing...
Health & Human Sciences Educators, Tara Beckman (Harrison Co.) and Emma Finerfrock (Clark...
On Saturday, May 20th, Purdue Extension teamed up to provide “Planting Seeds of Hope”...
Our HHS/CD Educator, Tara Beckman, partnered with LifeSpring's Nurse Educator, Breeze...
Our Dining with Diabetes group from 3 months ago made their return to the Harrison County Public...
On May 11th, our HHS/CD Educator, Tara Beckman, and our Extension Program Assistant, Jocelyn...
Tara led the Managing Conflict session, which gives participants the opportunity to explore...
Booth visitors at Saturday's Prevent Child Abuse Harrison County Pinwheel Festival, in...
Discussion focused on ways to increase physical activity, lower sugar, salt, and fat intake in...
Blue River Hills Club Extension Homemakers (IEHA) learned more about living a heart-healthy...
Food labels can be confusing, but participants were beginning to feel more like “label...
Throughout the month of February, Health and Human Sciences Educator, Tara Beckman, along with...
WDYMG is a two session program designed to help consumers better understand how they spend their...
Tuesday, November 15th, the Harrison County IEHA had their annual Holiday Workshop at the...
Keep a lookout for pocket hearts that may be shared in our area. while you’re at it, see if...
Latest HHS Newsletter
Latest HHS 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,...Read More
Families are the basic foundation social unit. Creating strong, stable and resilient families are...
Healthier living is easier than you think. Lots of little actions really add up. Start with a few...
Are you looking forward to the day you retire? Or, do you dread the thought? Being able to retire...
One in nine Americans struggles to have access to enough food, also known as food insecurity....
Misinformation and stigma about substance use makes it difficult to change outcomes. These online...
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:
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.
EMPOWER ME TO BE CLUTTER FREE
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.
A MATTER OF BALANCE
YOU WILL LEARN TO:
view falls as controllable
set goals for increasing activity
make changes to reduce fall risks at home
exercise to increase strength and balance
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
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.
WHAT IS TASC?
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!
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
Mixing It Up With Smoothies
Come learn about smoothies...Take home recipes, sample some delicious recipes, learn about the health benefits of smoothies.
FOOD BUDGETING AND MEAL PLANNING
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:
COOKING UNDER PRESSURE
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.
SMALL STEPS TO A HEALTHIER DIET
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:
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.
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.
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.