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 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, May 1 through May 22. 
  • Class time starts at 5:30 pm and will last approximately 2 hours.  
  •  The cost of the class is $40/person and $65/couple. This includes all materials for the class.
  • Registration will open March 27, 2023. 
Sponsorship may be available for qualified participants.  Follow me on Facebook or contact me at the office for more information. 

Health and Human Sciences will have class offerings at the fair this year!  You can sign up for any or all of the classes via the signup genius link listed below.  The classes that are being offered are:

Physical Activity Across the Lifespan--Sunday July 16th at 3:00 pm

Charcuterie Anyone?--Monday July 17th at 5:30 pm

Book to Barn Day (in partnership with the Rensselaer Library and Remington Cub Scouts)-- Tuesday July 18th at 4:00 pm

Cooking with an Air Fryer--July 18th at 6:00 pm

Cooking for One or Two People Friday July 21 at 3:00 pm

Payment for the Charcuterie Anyone and Cooking with an Air Fryer is due by 1:00 pm the day of class and can be made at the Extension Office or to Carmen Fortney at the fair. 

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: