Purdue Extension- Hendricks County Health and Human Sciences


HHS Extension Educators bring university information to the local level and help people strengthen families, spend smart, eat right, and live well. We offer a variety of educational programming, from short single-session programming to multiple-day certification programming. Many of our programs are free to the community, while some programs require a registration fee.
  • Strengthen Families – Strong individuals and families build a foundation for healthy communities. HHS Extension programs address issues including child care, school readiness, family conflict, and peer pressure.
  • Spend Smart – Everyone benefits from learning how to make smarter choices that maximize their finances and household resources. HHS Extension delivers best practices for all your money management needs.
  • Eat Right – What we eat impacts our health and well-being. To help prevent and manage chronic diseases, HHS Extension offers guidance on healthy food choices and meal preparation.
  • Get Active – Many risk factors for disability or death are preventable, and HHS Extension is dedicated to helping individuals and families improve their quality of life.

Meet Your Hendricks County HHS Educator


Amanda Marciano-Feutz
1900 E Main Street, PO Box 7
Danville, IN  46122
phone:  317-745-9260

upcoming programs

2024-chef-u-graphic-small.png CHEF UNIVERSITYThis 2-day SPARK workshop is built for 3rd to 5th grade individuals to grow or establish their chef skills. This workshop is built to teach students about measuring, kitchen safety, and more! 4-H Membership is NOT required! 


Morning: Wednesday, March 27th and Thursday March 28th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Afternoon: Wednesday, March 27th and Thursday, March 28th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Limited to 15 chefs per session. 

Cost: $50/chef

There will be a Chopped Contest at the end of the workshop for each session to test the skills learned in the workshop. 

Thank you to our sponsor, Hendricks County Extension Homemakers!

Visit the Spring Break Programs page for more information on how to sign up at: https://hendricksco4h.com/2024SpringBreak



A Matter of Balance – A Matter of Balance is a fall prevention program that encourages cognitive restructuring.  It is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.  A Matter of Balance is an evidence-based program that enables participants to reduce the fear of falling by learning to view falls as controllable, setting goals for increasing activity levels, making small changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance.

 Additional topics include home safety, assertiveness, developing positive strategies for change, reducing barriers to exercise, identifying physical risk factors for falls, personal action planners, recognizing misconceptions about falls, and moving from self-defeating to self-motivating thoughts.

Target audience: Target audience is for all adults who have started to restrict their activity levels due to a concern about falling, are able to problem solve, may have fallen in the past, and live independently in the community.

Health outcomes: Improved falls efficacy, Improved falls management, and Increased activity/exercise level


Current programs

captain-cash-clip-art.png Captain Cash – We have brought Captain Cash, an interactive financial education program, to Hendricks County Schools. We are currently running Captain Cash for the Pittsboro 3rd grade students. Captain Cash focuses on earning, saving, spending and borrowing money. It includes four classroom enrichment sessions of approximately 30-45 minutes each. Each session introduces vocabulary words and one or more basic economic concepts. Every lesson also includes a game or activity and a take-home handout. All lessons meet Indiana Academic Standards for math and social studies. Along with learning basic financial concepts, students learn and practice important life skills such as communication, decision-making, problem-solving, managing resources, planning, and organizing to foster self-sufficiency. Interested in getting your 3rd graders involved in a basic financial management program? Know a 3rd grader in a after school program or 3rd grade class in the Hendricks School system that can benefit? To learn more contact Hendricks County - Purdue Extension at (317)-745-9260 or at ammarcia@purdue.edu.

Get WalkIN – The Get Walkin’ program has gone off without a hitch! Although we currently have four more weeks left to the program, we are hoping the participants continue with their physical health goals! Our Get Walkin’ program gathered together 43 Hendricks County residents virtual and in-person to join us in improving physical health. Way to go!


All Programs Offered

  • A Matter of Balance
  • Be Heart Smart
  • Captain Cash
  • Dining with Diabetes
  • Food Budgeting & Meal Planning
  • Get Walkin'
  • ServSafe
  • Sleep On It
  • Steps to a Healthier You; Mediterranean Diet & Mindful Eating
  • Where Does Your Money Go?


If interested in any of the upcoming programs or program offered, please contact your HHS Educator at 317-745-9260 or email hendrces@purdue.edu.

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