Food and Nutrition

Eat, Play, Grow: Creative Cooking with Kids

Provided By Area 5: Stacey Faith, Vigo County

It is common to see kids’ behaviors as a reflection of those around them. They may see their parents, grandparents or siblings eating (or not eating) certain foods, and they base their decisions on what they see. We want to introduce positive, healthy food choices into our youth, so why not start in the kitchen! This lesson will provide some tips and suggestions for raising healthy eaters by getting them in the kitchen and helping prepare some delicious recipes everyone will love!

Have a Healthy Heart

Provided By Area 9: Deb Arseneau, Newton County & Monica Wilhoite, Montgomery County

Have you thought about your Heart lately? It is the hardest working muscle, pumping on average 100,000 times each day. This lesson includes information about managing your risk factors for heart disease, identifying warning signs for women and heart attacks, and making healthy choices.

How Sweet It Is

Provided by: Area 3 - Mary Duke

As Americans we should reduce the amounts of high sugar containing foods in our diets. Use of alternative sweeteners will allow consumers to enjoy some of our favorite foods and beverages without all the extra calories. This lesson includes recipes for reduced sugar and or sweeteners without extra calories.

Substitute This for That

Provided By Area 1:  Lauren Neuenschwander, Jackson/Washington Counties

 The 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommend all Americans try to reduce the saturated fat, added sugars, and sodium in their diets.  The best way to do this is through small dietary changes- so small you might not even notice! This lesson will offer practical tips on how to reduce the fat, sugar, and sodium in our diets without sacrificing taste!

Citrus Jeopardy

Provided By:  Atina Rozhon, Jennings County, Area 1
You may have consumed citrus when you were not feeling well; but, what else do you know about citrus?  In this Jeopardy style lesson, participant’s knowledge in the areas of history, nutritional value, and varieties of citrus will be challenged.

Why We Eat What We Eat

Provided By:  Beth Switzer, Hendricks County, Area 6

What makes us hungry and how can we curb our appetite?  Sometimes we eat because we are hungry and sometimes we eat because it is a habit and/or tradition.  This lesson will provide the simple science behind why we eat what we eat!  It will also provide some tips and suggestions for making healthy decisions when we eat, whatever the reason!

Vegetarian? Who, Me?

Provided By:  Holly Murray, Franklin County, Area 7

We’ve all heard that fruits, vegetables, and grains are healthy for us, but is meat really that bad? This program will define vegetarian diets, explain diseases that may improve with a vegetarian diet, and list nutrients that a vegetarian needs to be aware of. 

Enjoy the Healthy Harvest

Provided By:  Karen Richey, Marshall County, Area 10

Farmer’s markets offer a variety of fresh, locally grown produce in a festive atmosphere.  Come find out how using MyPlate, nutrition, food safety and other friendly tips tie into using your local farmer’s market.  Be prepared to tell about your favorite market or your favorite product to purchase and how you like to use it. 

Dinner's Ready...But is it Safe?

Provided By Area 3: Jane Jett, Posey County & Brenda Hagedorn, Spencer County

We are fortunate to live in a country with highly effective food safety standards for producers, wholesalers and retailers. Specific government agencies are responsible for establishing food safety standards, conducting inspections and ensuring that the standards are met. But once the food is purchased and taken home, it is then the responsibility of the consumer to maintain its safety. This lesson will focus on safe food preparation and handling at home, including tips on cooking, temperatures, storage and cleaning.

Mixes In a Jar

Provided By Area 8: Joanne Lytton, Carroll County

Gift giving can be easy and economical if you make a mix in a jar for someone.  You can show someone how much you care by giving them a beautiful homemade gift jar filled with the ingredients to make a delicious recipe.  You will learn some tips and safety information for making your own jar gifts as well as some creative ways to share great recipes. Plus, many of the recipes include tips for making: ““Healthy Mixes in a Jar”.  You will learn to substitute ingredients to reduce carbs and sodium. Plus, complete directions are given to demonstrate 2 healthy mixes – cookie with sugar substitutes and a salad.

Family Resource Management

Fraud Alert

Provided By Area 11: Nancy Manuel, Adams County

Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they are now considered “the crime of the 21st century”. Find out the latest methods of “scamming” and learn how you can protect yourself!

What is Your Money Color?

Provided by: Area 1-Carolyn Stutler

Your “money” color will help you understand what you value when it comes to money.  It will also help you understand why you use or fail to use money a certain way.

Cell Phone OR Smart Phone: What's best for me?
Provided by: Area 6-Diana Stone-Shelby County

Learn the questions to ask yourself before buying a phone. One of the first questions you'll need to answer is which of the two types conventional cell or smart meets your needs and budget. Shopping tips will be shared for both phone buyers.

Three Steps to Organizing Your Medical Life
Area 10-Mary Ann Lienhart-Cross

Through this lesson you will learn the importance of preparing written questions before a doctor visit and that it enables you to receive better medical care. Organizing and maintaining one's medical records not only reduces stress but can help to make the best use of medical dollars. The goals of the program are to encourage participants to prepare for medical appointments, and empower participants to organize and maintain medical records. The lesson includes pre- and post-tests and a variety of record-keeping forms to assist in organizing your medical records.

Living Well in Your Retirement Years

Provided By Area 3:  Mary Lou Elbert and Jennifer Stefancik, Warrick and Daviess Counties


Since the economic down-turn, people have to make money go further. No fear, you are not alone in this New Normal. Are you having a hard time making ends meet? Learn some strategies you can use to make your dollars stretch further in today’s economy.

Have a Great Retirement

Provided By Area 9:Jean Akers, Warren County and Denise Schroeder, White County

Is retirement everything you thought it would be financially? Or are you looking for ways to stretch your retirement income for various reasons? This lesson will provide some ideas and tips for stretching your retirement income before you retire or if you are already there.

Understanding the New Layaway Plans

Provided by: Polly Gettinger, Greene County, Area 5

Buying on layaway that thrifty practice your parents and grandparents knew so well, is back but with more complicated terms than in the past. Expensive problems can be experienced if you do not understand the changes. Find out how to decide if the new layaway plans are right for you.

Frugality and Simple Living

Provided By:  Jennifer Stefancik and Mary Lou Elbert, Daviess County and Warrick County, Area 3
Let’s take a look at renewed interest in enjoying a simpler life in tough economic times which helps reduce financial stress. 

Are You Really Prepared for Emergencies

Provided By Area 2: Jackie Benham, Scott County

Besides having an emergency route…do you have a meeting place? Do you know all of your account numbers of credit cards, bank account numbers, and retirement plans etc. Are you prepared for taking care of your family pets? Do you have a supply of food and water to sustain your family for at least three days? Do you know what to include in your emergency kit to get your family through the first 3 or more days? We will discuss all of these questions and help prepare your family for such emergencies.

What Is It With These New Light Bulbs?

Provided By Area 1: Harriet Armstrong, Bartholomew County 

There are many new lighting alternatives on the market. What are the different types available and how do they compare? What should one look for when purchasing? Participants will have a better understanding of what lighting options are available and be able to evaluate which ones best meet their needs for a particular environment.

Reduce Spending for Special Occasions & Holidays

Provided By Area 6: Diana Stone, Shelby County

Throughout the year, consumers spend a significant amount of money for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, weddings, Easter, Halloween, Christmas, and many other special occasions.  The average person spends over $1000 per year for Valentine’s Day and Christmas together.  Learn a variety of ways to reduce spending with ideas for decorations, costumes, gifts, paper products, food choices, and much more.  Enjoy the special occasions next year without breaking the bank!

Responding to Color as We Age

Provided By Area 10: Linda Curley, Lake County

This program addresses the idea of choosing color to satisfy our physical, emotional, and nutritional needs as we age.It will help us to understand how color can affect us when planning our surrounding to meet our needs Learn to see how color affects what we appear to see, our emotions, and even our safety.


Move It or Lose It

Provided by Area 8: Megihann Leininger, Fulton County

A sedentary life style is one of the largest risk factors for cardiovascular and other diseases, yet too few of us make daily exercise a priority.  The key to fitting in fitness is making it a priority and making it convenient.  This lesson will help you share ideas, provide tips and discuss strategies for adding regular exercise to your daily routine.

Prescription Drugs - A Bitter Pill in Indiana

Provided by Area 3: Susan Plassmeier, Vanderburg County & Jan Dougan, Dubois County

Each year millions of people use prescription medications safely to help treat and cure illnesses as well as prevent further disease complications. While most prescriptions are used as directed, there are a growing number of cases of misuse of prescription drugs. According to the Indiana Attorney General prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic.

The Sunshine Vitamin

Provided by: Area 2 - Bethany Daugherty

Are you concerned about keeping your bones strong? This lesson will discuss the role of Vitamin D in protecting our bones and preventing chronic diseases. In addition to sunlight, you will also learn food and supplement sources of Vitamin D and how much Vitamin D you need each day.

It's a Cold, it's the Flu... it's Foodborne Illness!
Area 7-Emily Becker, Henry County

Despite our best efforts to stay healthy, some form of illness is bound to occur, but how do you know what you are suffering from? Perhaps it is a cold or influenza, or maybe it is foodborne illness. This lesson will explore the similarities and differences between the common cold and flu and the flu and foodborne illness so that you will know how to best protect yourself in the future.

What's All This Medical Mumbo Jumbo?
Area 11-Ann Williams, Dekalb County

Have you ever left the doctor's office and wondered what they just told you? Do you feel like you are not getting your questions answered when you go to the doctor? If you are like many Americans today there is a large gap between what we are hearing or saying at the doctor's office and what is actually understood. Health Literacy (Understanding your health) is a real problem today. Use this lesson to learn to get ideas to be more proactive in your own health care, and come out of your doctor visit with clearer understanding.

A Lifespan of Brain Development

Provided By Area 2:  Carol Judd, Crawford County


Brain architecture is a process that begins early in life and continues throughout adulthood.  In this lesson learners will navigate the brain, map brain anatomy, learn fun brain facts and explore methods to boost brain development throughout the lifespan.  

Managing Medications

Provided By Area 6:Bert Jones, Hancock County

This lesson includes information about safe buying, managing, storing, and disposal of medications. It includes basic information about:

  • Food/drug and drug/drug
  • Choosing and using generic drugs
  • Pros and cons of buying prescriptions online

Driving Drowsy Dangers

Provided By Area 10:  Allison Goshorn, LaPorte County

Did you know that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving? According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 41% of drivers admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel. The National Sleep Foundation warns that the lack of sleep can have serious consequences for those at home, work, school or on the roadways. This lesson provides tips for protecting you and your loved ones while on the road – learn how to avoid the dangers of drowsy driving.

How Full is Your Glass?

Provided By:  Brooke Wilkinson and Amy Newlin, Owen and Clay/Vermillion Counties, Area 5

Adopting an optimistic outlook can dramatically affect heart health. In fact, a recent study has found that moderately optimistic individuals who felt that they were able to get better and return to a normal lifestyle had a 30% better chance of surviving a cardiac event than pessimistic individuals. This lesson will demonstrate the power of optimism and teach those interested how to cultivate an optimism outlook. 

Improving Your Balance

Provided By:  Kelsie Muller, Benton County, Area 9


Have you stopped doing things that you enjoy or restricted activities because of concerns about falling?  If you have you are not alone. It is reasonable to be concerned about falls- safety is important. The good news is that there are things that you can do to improve your balance and prevent future falls.

Portion Control

Provided By Area 2: Gail Peitzmeier, Crawford County

Portions of the food we eat have increased over the years resulting in larger waistlines as well. Confusion lies in what is really a serving size and how much we should really eat. Learn how to determine a true portion size and then compare to what we actually serve up on our plates.

Sleep and Health

Provided By Area 7: Demarcus Sneed, Madison County

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of a person’s health, yet every day millions of Americans struggle to get the amount that they need. According to Healthy People 2020, 25 percent of U.S. adults are reporting insufficient sleep or rest at least 15 out of every 30 days. In this lesson, participants will learn about the different ways that sleep can impact their health as well as strategies to help meet recommendations.

Take Time for Your Health

Provided By Area 11: Molly Hoag, Wells County

Do you often find yourself saying “I don’t have time for this?”  Does your family, job, volunteer work, housework, responsibilities and hobbies make it seem impossible to live a healthy lifestyle?  Is your calendar too full to work out for 60 minutes a day?  Do you lack motivation and energy for exercise?  At the end of the day, do you feel too tired to fix a healthy meal?  No time for sickness?  If you answered yes to any of these questions this lesson might be what you need to make healthy choices without a huge time commitment.

Human Development

Growing Old Alone - Ways to Stay Active

Provided By Area 1: Shannon Chipman, Ohio County

Ways to stay active, engaged and in charge of your life.

Responding to Color as We Age

Provided By: Area 10 - Linda Curley, Lake County

Our home may be a place to relax, to retreat from stresses in our environment, to join in activities or to work. Planning our surroundings to meet our needs begins by trying to understand how color affects us. Color may affect what we appear to see, our emotions, and even our safety, but do we really understand it? This program will address the idea of choosing color to satisfy our physical and emotional needs within our environment.

Friendship Through the Years
Provided By: Area 5-Peggy Davis

This class will encourage all of us to take time to nourish friendships over time. Building on ideas here, we are able to add richness, strength, stability, and health to our lives. Simultaneously we expand our abilities to endure difficult times while providing support to others - -all while adding to the enjoyment of daily life!

There is More to Consider than the China

Provided by: Area 9-Alice Smith

Jasper County Our desire to be in control of our lives does not change when it comes to medical care decisions and treatment. We never know when we will be in a position to need medical treatment and may not be able to participate in the decision making process. Unscramble the confusion of legal terms and become familiar with how to help your loved ones as well as yourself. This program will offer you valuable information on how to prepare for the future.

A Passion for Fashion

Provided By Area 8:  Susan Tharp, Clinton County

Fashion is a topic that can be both fun and serious. How do clothes make us feel?  How have they changed in history? What message does our dress convey about the times we live in? In a global economy have you given much thought as to who makes our clothes and where they are made? How do parents and kids work out their fashion conflicts?  Ahh-it is ageless, the passion we have for fashion!

When Grandparents Become Parents-Again

Molly Hunt, Blackford County, Area 7

There is a growing population of grandparents who are called upon to be the primary caregivers to their grandchildren. This presentation will contain tips for "grand-families" such as: what is the cause of this trend, challenges that might be faced, learning to accept a new role in life, what resources are out there, and where to find help.

Bullying: Caregiver Basics

Provided By:  Nancy Hudson, Clark County, Area 2
Without too much difficulty, most of us can remember the school or neighborhood bully who tormented other children or maybe even us.  Bullying has many serious consequences for the children who are bullied, the bullies themselves, and for the bystanders who witness it.  This educational piece will focus on the definition of bullying, forms of bullying, symptoms of the bullied child, ways to support a child who is being bullied and intervention strategies.

School Readiness Block Play

Provided By:  Ann Fremion, LaGrange County, Area 11

Learn how exploring the World of Blocks can explain how children are born learners and how adults can guide children’s early learning experiences and use blocks as the tools to support their development. Playing with blocks can provide experiences where children learn math and science, new words and pre-reading skills, social skills, and physical skills. 

Building Strong Familes Through Humor

Provided By Area 6: Lisa Cangany, Boone County

Humor is very beneficial to build a strong family.  Humor can be a very effective tool to help families cope during the good and bad time.  Learn how laughter and joy can strengthen the family unit and how to add laughter to your life. 

Effective Team Time

Provided By Area 5: Emily Roth, Monroe County & Brooke Wilkinson, Clay & Owen Counties

Packed with strategies, tips, and activities you can quickly put into practice, this lesson shows how you can build productive teams and intentionally create an environment of engagement in your club or organization. Four main concepts that this lesson will cover include: (1) establishing guidelines and protocols, including drafting agendas and timelines; (2) managing and resolving conflicts, including giving honest feedback and building team morale; (3) improve decision-making skills, including creating win-win situations and improving flexibility and efficiency; and (4) building team capability, including evaluating and sustaining teamwork.

As the "Golden Girls and Drum Majors" March On

Provided By Area 9: Kathy Murray, Tippecanoe County & Alice Smith, Jasper County

Are you marching to the beat of a Golden Girl/Drum Major or is aging being drummed up and pounding negatively in your ears. Do you see a sparkle in your eyes but a slow beat to your gait? Step up move on in life as a Golden Girl/Drum Major with places to go and things to do. Let’s dispel the Myths of Aging and march on to the beat of the Big Bass Drum.

Aging is not a process of decline; it is a process of marching forward, of continuing to meet life’s challenges and of growing into a complete human being. The second half of life brings many changes which brings new freedom and opportunities. If you can cope successfully with change, you will continue to grow.

IEHA Education Focus Group Lessons

Everyday Gardening For Everyone

With a few creative adaptations anybody can garden. This booklet developed by the IEHA Education Focus Group gives handy tips and suggestions.

Life Skills 101

All life skills are about making choices, the value of hard work, manners, honesty, how to respect and treat people, getting an education, and the desire to be successful.

This booklet can be downloaded to learn more. Use it as a personal resource, and for a lesson and discussion topic in your club.

Affordable Fun With the Family
An IEHA Education Focus Group publication new for 2010-11, Affordable Fun With the Family's purpose is to promote togetherness for families of all economic levels. Resources are provided to help you plan activities that will include the entire family. Some suggestions may be ones that you have used and would like to try again, and hopefully some are new ideas that will encourage you to plan new activities.

Life Made Simple
The simple life is best defined as a journey. It is a removal of the things that distract us; posessions and commitments that are no longer meaningful and household or other duties that are not necessary. The simple life is best approached slowly, starting with the little things.

Download this booklet for helpful hints and suggestions

Leave Your Excuses at the Door
Create healthy habits for you and your family and "Leave Your Excuses at the Door". Download this booklet for suggestions and activities.

Preserving Your Story
Download this latest Education Focus Group booklet to get suggestions and ideas on how to collect and save your memories, records, and heirlooms.

IEHA Leadership Focus Group Lessons


Another i-LEaD presentation from the Fall 2014 District Meetings, "Teamwork" will give you tips to help your "team" work effectively.

Get Online With Technology

This lesson may help you understand some of today's current technology.

Your Image Is Showing
You have an image. The organizations you belong to have images as well. You project that image verbally, nonverbally and in written communications. You cannot NOT communicate. Learn tips and techniques here.

Lifelong Learning

This lesson was prepared by the i-LEaD board and presented at Fall 2012 District Meetings.  Use it in your meetings to start a discussion of the many opportunities available for "Lifelong Learning".

Congratulations You've Been Elected

You may use this lesson to train your local officers!

What Motivates You

Presented at Fall 2013 District Meetings by the i-LEaD board, this lesson will help you learn about the different types of motivation and why people do the things they do.


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