Health and Human Sciences

What We Do

Purdue Extension Health and Human Sciences provides education to individuals and communities in each of Indiana’s diverse counties. We bring university information to the local level – both in person and online – to help people strengthen relationships, eat smart, improve health, and achieve financial wellness.

Contact Us

Purdue Jasper County Extension
2530 N McKinley Ave, Ste 1
Rensselaer, IN 47978
(219) 866-5741


Your Educator

Carmen Fortney

Carmen Fortney

Purdue Extension Jasper County
Extension Educator - Health and Human Sciences

HHS Events

Dining with Diabetes March 4-25 6pm

Food Budgeting and Meal Planning March 14 6 pm

Cooking under Pressure March 16 9 am

Plant-Based Eating March 20 6pm

Food Allergies 101 March 28 6pm

Call the office at 219-866-5741 or email me at to register for these classes.

There's a chance to win a prize for attending all four sessions of Dining with Diabetes and each week for the March classes (excluding Dining with Diabetes). 

Dining with Diabetes is a cooking school for people who are living with diabetes, at risk for diabetes, or is caring for someone with diabetes.  This 4-week class focuses on diabetes and how food plays an important role in management of diabetes.  A food demonstration will be conducted each week to give participants an idea how to prepare food that is both tasty and healthy.  Class sessions will be held at the Jasper County Extension Office.

  • Mondays, March 4 through March 25. 
  • Class time starts at 6:00 pm and will last approximately 2 hours.  
  • This class has a registration limit of 10 and is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Link to register: 

ServSafe classes are available for the duration of the year.  Click the link below for upcoming dates.

ServSafe educates food service workers about food safety. ServSafe Food Protection Manager is their highest certification. It satisfies Indiana requirements to become a Certified Food Protection manager and focuses on five aspects:
o Foodborne microorganisms and allergens
o Personal hygiene
o Purchasing, receiving, and storage
o Preparing, cooking, and serving
o Facilities, cleaning/sanitation, and managing pests
The full 1-day training includes a manual and proctored exam. You must score 70 percent or greater to earn the certificate. The certification is valid for five years. A photo ID with signature is required to take the exam (driver license, state ID, student ID, military ID, employee ID, U.S. green card, or valid passport).

Link to register: