Wells County

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Purdue Wells County Extension
1240 4-H Park Road
Bluffton, IN 46714
(260) 824-6412

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Wells County Newsletters

Check out Health and Human Science Newsletters with helpful articles on health, nutrition, family and finances.

The September-October edition includes the following articles:

Mental Health Treatment Works 

Concerned that you or a loved one may be experiencing mental illness? You are not alone. Get professional help.

 Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being, yet mental illness affects millions of people and their families nationwide. Know that treatment for mental illness is effective—and help is a phone call away.

 Mental Illness Is Common, But Too Often Not Treated

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, about one in five adults had a mental illness. Without a doubt, the pandemic has affected the state of mental health in our country and made mental illness even more common. It is rare that a family is not touched by a mental health condition, one that can interfere with your or a loved one’s ability to work, sleep, eat, and enjoy life.

 Mental health disorders include anxiety, depression, seasonal effectiveness disorder, or more serious illnesses as bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more. Unfortunately, most people with mental illness do not receive mental health services that they need.

 People with mental illness can have symptoms that include a range of feelings, emotions, or experiences, including:

  • Shifts in mood
  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Low energy
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Sleep problems

Mental illness is not always easy to detect. Someone does not need to have all these symptoms, perhaps just one or two.

 Treating a mental illness is not something to attempt on your own. Like many health conditions, help for mental illness takes professional diagnosis and treatment.

 Treatment Works, Treatment Is Available

The good news: Research shows treatment for mental illness works. With appropriate treatment, people can manage their illness, overcome challenges, and lead productive lives.

 Treatment for mental illness is effective. Mental health services also are covered by most health plans—by law. And like physical health conditions, it’s clear the earlier you get treatment for mental illness, the better—and the better you or your loved one will feel and do.

Need Help?

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of mental illness, get treatment or help them get treatment. Call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for 24-hour, free and confidential treatment referral.

 Source: https://www.samhsa.gov/mental-health-treatment-works


5 Easy Tips to Get More ZZZs 

  1. Everyday Routine 
    • Have a consistent bedtime routine (i.e. change into pajamas, brush teeth, wash face).
    • Go to bed and get up at the same time every day
    • Plan wind-down time 30 minutes before bed
    • have a notebook by bed to write down thoughts
  2. Electronics
    • Minimize use of cell phones/tablets in bedroom
    • Avoid using devices an hour or more before bed
    • Avoid checking email before bedtime
    • Avoid social media before bedtime
  3. Environment
    • Bedroom temperature comfortable - 60-67 
    • Lighting - Dark blinds, natural light
    • Comfortable mattress, pillow, etc.
    • Noise - invest in noise block
  4. Eating Healthy
    • Eat a well-balanced diet
    • Limit food and drink
    • Limit caffeine amounts before bedtime
    • Limit alcohol before bedtime
  5. Exercise
    • Get regular physical activity most days
    • Get 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity 5 times a week
    • Avoid vigorous exercise 4 hours before bed

Adapted from: National Sleep Foundation, www.thensf.org

 Other Announcements Included in Newsletter 

  • Volunteers needed for 4-H Pancake Booth. Click HERE to sign up.
  • CADA Awards luncheon to be held, October 28, 2021 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Loving Shepherd Ministries Event Center, 1935 N Main Street, Bluffton, IN 46714. Lunch is provided. Event is free and open to the public.
  • Extension Homemakers will have a community support work day on October 7, 2021, 9 am - 2 pm at the Wells County Community Center, 4-H Park, 1240 4-H Park Road, Bluffton, IN 46714. Bring a dish to pass for lunch. Drinks and table service will be provided.
  • Purdue Cooperative Extension Service will be offering a Retail Food Certification training and exam on November 10th & 17th at 9:00 AM. This is for food handlers who need to obtain a Retail Food Certificate.

A photo ID with signature is required to take the exam. The cost of the training with exam and book is $165.00. The cost of the exam with the book is $115.00. The cost to take the exam only is $65.00. Pre-registration is required by November 3rd in order to receive a textbook and avoid a $20.00 late fee. To register go to https://www.purdue.edu/servsafe.

For more information call Molly Hoag, Wells County Extension Educator, mhoag@purdue.edu or call The Education Store at 765-494-6794. The class will be at the Wells County Community Center, Bluffton, IN.

  • The Wells County Health Fair is canceled for 2021. 


Sept. - Oct. 2021 HHS Newsletter

News Notes for Parents is a newsletter geared towards parents with children ages 8 and under. You will find articles about parenting, early childhood education, nutrition and much more.

In the September issue of News Notes for Parents, you will find the following articles:

Omega-3's for You & Me

Eating seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids is good for our health. Omega-3s may reduce the risk of heart disease by decreasing: risk of abnormal heartbeats, triglyceride levels, accumulation of plaque in blood vessels, blood pressure.

There are three main omega-3 fatty acids: alpha-linolenic (ALA), eicosapentaenoic (EPA), anddocosahexaenoic (DHA).

  • EPA and DHA are found in fish and seafood and provide many health benefits.
  • Some plants contain ALA, which our body partially converts into EPA.
  • DHA is added to common foods such as milk,orange juice and eggs.

Use these simple tips to meet the American Heart Association’s recommendation to consume 3.4 ounces of fish high in omega-3s two-times per week:

1.Keep it simple.

Squeeze fresh lemon juice on a fish fillet and sprinkle it with a dash of salt and pepper. Grill, bake, or sauté it!

  • On the grill: Wrap fish in foil and grill it for about 10 minutes.
  • In the oven: Place fish on a greased baking pan and bake in a 425° oven for about 15 minutes.
  • Quick sauté: Heat 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil, canola oil, or butter in a nonstick skillet, add the fish and cook for 1-4 minutes per side, until each side is golden and flakes easily.

2.Spice it up. 

Use your favorite seasoning mix (like lemon pepper, Cajun spices, or a seafood seasoning blend) to give it a flavorful kick.

3.Make friends with your freezer. 

Purchase plain frozen fish fillets instead of fresh ones, and stock your freezer with healthful protein that’s ready in minutes. Avoid breaded or fried versions — plain is best. You can dress it up at home with herbs and spices.

4.Cook carefully.

Fish is cooked and ready to eat when it flakes easily with a fork and the flesh is opaque.

By Lynn Grieger RDN, CDE, CPT, CWC
source: http://www.communicatingfoodforhealth.com/omega3s/


Build Your Child's Money Skills While You Read

Get the most out of reading time with your child. Money as You Grow Bookshelf builds on the story time with your child by helping you bring money topics to life through story time.

Browse the reading guide at https://bit.ly/3spJ7Bx. Choose one to read with your child. The books should be readily available at your library or bookstore.

The reading guide explains the key ideas covered in the book and gives you questions to ask during reading time and activities. Hold the book so everyone can see it and ask questions as you go.

Source: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


September News Notes 2021

The September issue of the Wells County 4-H Newsletter includes the following information:

  • Sixth Graders can join 4-H Junior Leaders this year! If you are interested in exploring 4-H beyond the traditional 4-H fair and project exhibition, then maybe this leadership opportunity is the route for you! Meetings will occur nearly every month to do community service, to plan events and activities for the fair, to socialize, and to learn teamwork and leadership. These opportunities are perfect for youth seeking community service hours and volunteer opportunities. 
  • Upcoming Jr. Leader events include: October 6th, 6:30 pm, Pack Backpacks; October 9th - Area Jr. Leader Event at Chain O' Lakes State Park. 
  • Wells County 4-H Fall Festival on October 23rd at the 4-H Park. There will be carnival games, prizes and information about joining 4-H. Bring your friends! 5-7 pm - carnival games and prizes geared towards younger youth. 7-9 pm - decorated/haunted woods open for older youth
  • 4-H enrollment opens October 1st. 4-H Members and volunteers must enroll annually. Visit v2.4honline.com to enroll.  


September 2021 4-H Newsletter

4-H Pancake Booth

Volunteers are needed to help at the 4-H Pancake Booth at the Wells County Street Fair. Volunteer by clicking on the link or calling the Wells County Extension Office at 824-6412.

2021 4-H Pancake Booth Sign-up

The Citizen's Against Drug Abuse (CADA) Awards Luncheon will be held on October 28th from 11:00am - 1:00pm at the Loving Shepherd Ministries Event Center located at 1935 N Main Street, Bluffton, IN 46714.

Please join CADA as they recognize individuals and organizations who stand out in the fight against addiction in Wells County in the following three categories:

CADA Professional Leader                                     
CADA Volunteer Leader
Friend of CADA

*2 winners will be awarded in each category due to no event being held in 2020.

The luncheon has been generously donated by Brickhouse Family Ministries and members of CADA.

If you would like to attend this luncheon, please call the Wells County Office of Purdue Extension at 260-824-6412 by October 22nd to RSVP.


For printable flyer click HERE.

Upcoming Wells County and State Extension Events

Purdue Extension.
News Notes for Parents

News Notes for Parents is a newsletter geared towards parents with children ages 8 and under. You will find articles about parenting, early childhood education, nutrition and much more.

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4-H Newsletter

Check out the highlights of the most recent Wells County 4-H Newsletter here!

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Health and Human Science Newsletter

Check out our Health and Human Science Newsletters with helpful articles on health, nutrition, family and finances.

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