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January 16, 2013

Purdue site features health, financial, parenting information for Indiana families

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Information and Indiana educational resources focused on eating healthy, managing money or parenting are available at a new Purdue University website.

The College of Health and Human Sciences Extension site features research-based information and programs such as "Where Does Your Money Go," "Family Nutrition Program," "Dining with Diabetes," "Have a Healthy Baby," "Parenting Counts" and "Captain Cash." The site is available at http://www.purdue.edu/hhs/extension/

"With the New Year right around the corner, many people will be looking for ways to improve their health and finances, and this is a great resource," said Angie Abbott, program leader for the College of Health and Human Sciences Extension and assistant director of the Cooperative Extension Service. "For example, if your family is looking to get some financial goals for 2013 or for ways to decrease sugar and salt in their diet, Purdue Extension provides hands-on education in your local community in addition to online resources such as video recipes, calorie logs and budget tip sheets."

Other programs highlighted are:

* Enjoy Food Be Active

* Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

* Exploring with Professor Popcorn

* Raising Healthy Eaters

* Parents Raising Safe Kids

* Bridges Out of Poverty

* The Benefit Bank

* ServSafe

People looking for a local contact to help them with healthy food choices, physical activity, money management, health care, and parenting can use the "Find an Educator" feature to connect with an Extension specialist in their county.

Purdue Extension Health and Human Sciences serves Indiana's 92 counties and reaches more than 1.4 million residents with its educational programs. This area of Extension works with the college's faculty to develop educational programs related to health and human sciences. Health and Human Sciences Extension is one component of Purdue Extension. Other programs include Agricultural and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development and Economic and Community Development.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Angie Abbott, 765-494-8252, abbottar@purdue.edu