Indiana has room for improvement in health and wellness in order for all Hoosiers to have a higher quality of life and achieve greater longevity! For instance, among Hoosiers:

§  Nearly 31% of adults 18 and older are considered obese.

§  Only 5.3% of high school students consumed fruits & vegetables 5 or more times per day.

§  About 3% of adults 18 and older consumed the recommended amounts of fruits & vegetables.

§  28.5% of high school students and 35% of adults 18 and older consumed a sugar-sweetened beverage one or more times per day during the previous week.

§  Less than one quarter (24.2%) of high school students engaged in the recommended level of physical activity during the previous week (60 minutes per day).

§  Nearly 30% of adults 20 and older reported no leisure time physical activity.

§  Nearly one-quarter (24%) of adults 18 and older is a current smoker.

§  One in ten adults (10.2%) 18 and older has medically diagnosed diabetes.

(Data access from Indiana Indicators’ website on November 18, 2016:

Heart health and the prevention of chronic diseases are topics of growing interest among Hoosiers statewide. In fact, cardiovascular disease poses a serious long-term threat to the United States and its healthcare system. Heart disease is the number one national and worldwide killer of men and women, and more than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease and stroke each year (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013). Indiana has the 13th highest death rate from cardiovascular diseases in the country (American Heart Association, 2010). In the state of Indiana, heart disease is the number one cause of death (American Heart Association, 2010).

HHS Extension developed and offers Be Heart Smart, a program focused on helping individuals identify and reduce risk factors for heart disease. Learn more about this program and connect with an Extension Educator in your county to see when this program is being offered.  



In 2013, HHS Extension formalized a partnership with the Purdue School of Nursing with a Health and Wellness Specialist position shared between Extension and Nursing. The role of this individual is to provide leadership and support to HHS Health and Wellness Educators and increase the use of faculty research in Extension education activities and engagement opportunities through partnership with the School of Nursing. If you have questions about HHS Health and Wellness or would like to connect with the Health and Wellness Specialist, contact Stephanie Woodcox at