Health and Human Sciences Resources Information

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Purdue Extension Health and Human Sciences provides education to people of all ages in Indiana’s 92 counties. 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.

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Purdue Putnam County Extension

Abbi Smith, HHS Educator
12 Central Square (mailing addresses)
152 E Columbia Street (physical address)
Greencastle, IN 46135
Phone #: (765) 653-8411

County offices

putnam County Staff

Meet your HHS Educator

Abbi Smith

Abbi Smith MA, RD, LD

Health and Human Science Educator

Hello! So glad you are here. My name is Abbi (Sampson) Smith and I am the Health & Human Sciences Extension Educator at the Putnam County office. I have been in this role since April 2019. My educational background is focused on nutrition and dietetics.


Please take a moment to see what I can offer in Putnam County. If you have any questions, or would like more specific information, go ahead and give me a call or send me an email. I work in the areas of food, family, money and health, and would love to offer any programming to meet the needs we see in Putnam County!


To find information about statewide Health & Human Sciences Extension, please click here:

Frequently Asked Questions

Did you know you should get your pressure canner dial gauge tested annually? Call the Extension Office to schedule an appointment to get your gauge tested for accuracy. There is a $5 fee.

Are you interested in a food preservation workshop? Call the Extension Office to find out about upcoming classes on canning, drying, freezing, etc.! You can look for statewide events here.

Have specific questions on preserving food? Consider the National Center for Home Food Preservation your go-to source! View their webpage here. If you have more specific questions, or would like printed/emailed information, please give me a call at 765-653-8411.

ServSafe certification means that you have obtained sufficient knowledge about food and beverage safety and handling to earn one of the certificates. This certificate is required in all Indiana food service establishments.  

Register for an upcoming ServSafe Food Managers class here.

Do you have diabetes? Want to make the the best choices for your health? The Dining with Diabetes program can help! Learn the skills needed to promote good health through cooking demonstrations and food sampling. Give me a call for more information about upcoming programs!

Are you wanting someone to walk with so you do not have to venture out along? Perfect! Our Extension Office hosts 2-3 walking groups per year. Give us a call to see when our next group is starting so you can join along.

Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Call the Extension office to learn about any upcoming offerings!

Tune in to Bite by Bite: Nutrition for Life. A broadcast of Purdue University Extension, where we cut through the hype, explore the science behind food & nutrition, and provide practical tips for incorporating healthful strategies into everyday life.


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Information about the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association can be found here:


Are you interested in joining a local club? Giving back to your community? Give me a call and I can direct you to our current Homemaker President to find a club that is right for you!

The Putnam County Fair begins the last Friday leading up to the final full week in July.

Visit this page for up-to-date information regarding the Putnam County Adult Open Class at the fair.

Questions regarding AOC can be directed to Abbi Smith at the Extension Office.

Putnam County Health & Human Sciences News Articles

Getting ready to garden
Gear up for Gardening

Research shows that cultivating plants is beneficial for us. Gardening has been associated with...

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People smelling a fridge
Removing Odors from Refrigerators and Freezers

Refrigerators and freezers are two of the most important pieces of equipment in the kitchen for...

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open cans of vegetables
February: National Canned Food Month

Canned foods are convenient, portable, quick, and have a long shelf life. They also help provide...

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“The Big Game” Plan for Healthy Eating

Develop a winning Big Bowl "food game plan" by thinking like a football player on the...

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Tips for Delicious and Nutritious Soup

What's better on a cold winter day than a warm bowl of soup? Soup can be nutritious, easy to...

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New Year, New You: 4 Tips to a Healthier You

It’s almost the New Year, are you planning to make a New Year’s resolution? Millions...

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Snapshots of HHS Programming in Putnam County!

Community Teaching Kitchen 2021 Community Teaching Kitchen at Putnam County Public Library
Fall Walking Group 2020 Fall Walking Group
Cooking Under Pressure Cooking Under Pressure (Electric Programmable Pressure Cookers)
Food Rx with Indiana Department of Health 2023 Food Rx with Indiana Department of Health
Grow a Healthy Diet with Confidence - Salsa Class 2022 Grow a Healthy Diet with Confidence Salsa Making Workshop
Let's Preserve Tomatoes 2023 Let's Preserve Tomatoes Workshop
Chef University - Knoy Afterschool at Cloverdale Elementary 2023 Chef University (Knife Skills Lesson) with Knoy Afterschool at Cloverdale Elementary
Nature of Teaching - Let's Go Outside Scavenger Hunt 2022 Nature of Teaching - Let's Go Outside Scavenger Hunt
Let's Preserve Pressure Canning 2021 Pressure Canning Workshop

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