Health & Human Sciences

Welcome to the Whitley County Health and Human Sciences Page!

I am Brittney Schori, the Health and Human Sciences Extension Educator serving Whitley County. My background is in community public health and epidemiology. I have experience educating individuals with the elderly population, youth, people in incarceration, and those with developmental disabilities. 

The Health and Human Sciences (HHS) program provides education to help individuals in Whitley County improve their dimensions of wellness. Brittney Schori, HHS Educator brings research-based information to meet the needs in the community. She offers both in person and online workshops to help the community strengthen their relationships, eat smart, improve their health, and achieve financial wellness.

The four pillars of Health and Human Sciences focus on:

  1. Food
  2. Family
  3. Money - Financial Well-being
  4. Health

Brittney also has taken initiative to start a community needs task force in Whitley County. This task force is called CHAMPS (Community Health Advisory Members Providing Solutions). Anyone in the community can attend meetings and become a member.

  • The mission of CHAMPS is to improve the quality of life for community residents by supporting        agency collaboration.
  • Our vision is to create opportunities for all residents to thrive by providing awareness of and access to quality programs and resources.

Those on CHAMPS have been working with Brittney to identify needs within the community and provide snippets of education. Below you will find educational FACTSHEETS. For more information about CHAMPS, contact Brittney. 

Contact Brittney

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Brittney Schori, BS, MPH

Whitley County Health & Human Sciences Extension Educator

Address: 524 Branch Court, Columbia City, Indiana 46725

Phone: 260-244-7615

E-mail: bpender@purdue.edu

CHAMPS Monthly Factsheets

  • Once per month a factsheet will be created and then posted. Needs within the community have been identified by CHAMPS and the factsheets reflect the needs identified.
  • The goal of these factsheets is to help strengthen relationships, eat smart, improve health, and achieve financial wellness! Click here to read about the impact they are making. 

2024 Factsheets 

*Understanding caffeine intake is crucial for balanced health. Excessive consumption can disrupt sleep and heighten anxiety, while moderate intake enhances cognitive function and focus. Striking a balance is key to reaping the benefits of caffeine without compromising overall well-being
February 2024 - Smart about Sodium 
      *Do you know how much salt you are eating? Almost all of us eat too much sodium or salt. If one eats too much sodium it can increase your risk of high blood pressure. Do you know how to determine if you have high blood pressure? Do you know where sodium comes from? All these things explained more in this months factsheet. 
March 2024 - Credit Scores
     *How much do you know about credit scores? Credit scores are vital for accessing loans, credit cards, and mortgages, influencing interest rates and insurance premiums. They can impact job opportunities, rental approvals, utility services, and cell phone plans, reflecting financial responsibility and affecting various aspects of life. When was the last time you checked your credit score? 
April 2024 - Personal Hygiene 
      *Personal hygiene is crucial for health, social acceptance, and self-esteem. It prevents illness, controls body odor, and maintains skin and oral health. Good hygiene habits, like handwashing and dental care, reduce the spread of germs and enhance overall well-being.
     *How much do you know about E-cigarettes? Did you know that they pose various health risks? A few include inhalation of harmful chemicals (i.e. nicotine) leading to addiction, cardiovascular issues, lung damage, and respiratory problems. This factsheet will help you better understand the health effects of E-cigarettes, as well as provide tips for parents on how to talk to their youth about this topic. 
     *Understanding skin cancer is vital for early detection and prevention. This factsheet focuses on key points including how to recognize melanoma, the risk factors such as UV exposure, and prevention methods like using sunscreen. When was the last time that you asked your doctor for a skin check? Being aware of your skin changes can lead to early treatment, improving outcomes significantly!
July 2024 - Preventing Heat Exhaustion & Staying Hydrated 
August 2024 - Importance of Sleep 
September 2024 - Screen Time
October 2024 - Energy Drink & Protein Consumption + Physical Activity 
November 2024 - Health Screenings 101 
December 2024 - The Scoop on Sugar

Other helpful factsheets: Internet Safety for Youth (Spanish), Food Labeling 101, How to Create a Food Budget, Scam Safety, Budgeting & Spending Leaks, Internet Safety for Youth series 1, Internet Safety for Youth series 2, Internet Safety for Youth series 3, How to Build a Better Breakfast