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Food and Health 

The Family Nutrition Program of Johnson County is a free service for anyone with limited resources who would like to learn how to stretch their food dollars and food stamps, and at the same time give their family healthy meals. The FNP is for families, single adults, youth, and special audiences such as senior citizens.

The Family Nutrition Program works with both individuals and groups on lessons about nutrition, feeding young children, meal preparation, meal planning, food safety, and money management. Phyllis Behrends, the FNP Assistant for Johnson County, is available to teach lessons in the home or other convenient locations within the county. The lessons are always free and the client can work with the FNP Assistant to decide which topics are right for their family and how often they would like to meet. Along the way, participants will receive small gifts for their kitchen and home. In addition, they will be given a chance to earn a nice cookbook from Purdue University and the USDA.

Children are always welcome to be a part of the Family Nutrition Program, and can be given age appropriate activities during lesson time. (There is always something in the "goodie bag" for them, too!).

The following are some examples of the lessons available in the Family Nutrition Program:

  • Why Eat Breakfast?
  • Stretching Your Food Dollars
  • Eating on the Run
  • Is Good Nutrition More Expensive?
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Safe Food and You
  • Make Something Grand from What's on Hand
  • Choose 5 a Day - Fruits and Vegetables
  • Feeding Young Children

Community agencies that work with limited resource families are invited to contact the Johnson County Extension Office for information on how they can make client referrals. You do not have to be referred by any agency, however, to participate in the Family Nutrition Program. Simply call Phyllis Behrends at (317) 736-3724 to find out more and to schedule a visit.


  • Weight Management

  • Crockpot Cooking with Low Fat Options - New!

  • Going Nutty

  • Shopping Smart for the Heart

Food Safety Programs

  • Home Food Canning 101

  • What's My Food Safety IQ?

  • ServSafe Food Sanitization Course

Please visit our calendar to see when our programs begin


Physical Activity & Health Info

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For more information about the Physical Activity Guidelines endorsement disclaimer, please visit www.health.gov.

Food Safety.gov  
This website is a gateway to government food safety information.


Food and Drug Administration
Get the latest information about food safety including proper preparation and storage guidelines as well as the latest government recalls. New articles and information are updated constantly. 

Learn out the ServSafe food safety course. Keep an eye on our calendar to find out when we are offering this course. 

USDA Food Preparation & Handling
A great resource to find out the latest food safety issues in the news. You can learn about the various food-borne pathogens and look up health inspections of various restaurants. Also you can ask any question and the experts will answer. 


Fresh Preserving
This site offers great science-based information about the latest home preservation methods. It also provides lots of great recipes to try. 

National Center for Home Food Preservation
Provides great step-by-step science-based information on how to perform various home preservations such as freezing, canning, curing, and more.  

A Self Study
Sign up to take a completely free online- course at the University of Georgia. You can learn at your own pace and after completion will know about the best and safest techniques for home preservations. You will also learn how to identify contaminated foods. The first lesson is available for you to view before you sign up.  

CFS Extension Resources
Purdue lists all of their publications about home preservation.

Description:  This is National Dairy Council’s Tools for School Site - The National Dairy Council provides timely, scientifically-sound nutrition information designed specifically for school nutrition professionals, teachers and parents.  You will find Fact Sheets and downloadable materials to use with your children as well as a wealth of information on the dairy components and their impact on children’s nutrition, weight and well being.

  • Food and Health Blog
    Budgeting information, dinner recipes, on the go ideas, exercise tips and more! The website is for Food and Health Communications, a private publishing company dedicated to “making nutrition science edible.”

  • My Pyramid  
    MyPyramid offers personalized eating plans and interactive tools to help you plan and assess your food choices based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

  • Food Savings This is a super website from Iowa State Extension; it is interactive and full of ideas for healthy meals, reducing food cost in planning, shopping and preparing meals for you and your family.

  • Eating Healthy When Money's Tight This is a wonderful resources filled with recipes and practical ideas for Eating Healthy When Money’s Tight.

    • At the FN Extension Biannual Conference, Laura Hormuth with the Indiana Dept of Health shared information about Indiana’s Healthy Weight Initiative.  As part of her presentation, she showed the updated Fruit and Vegetable More Matters web site, that includes many links for how to prepare foods and recipes.  For most fruit and vegetable there is a preparation, selection and storage link

      Here is the link: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/

    • The video center is located at the lower right button or here:

    • http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/video/VideoCenter.php


  • Purdue News   
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    Dietary Supplements 

  • What’s in my supplement?
    Want to learn more about what’s in a dietary supplement? This label database can tell you about certain brands of supplements and their ingredients.

  • Office of Dietary Supplements  
    The National Institutes of Health provide consumers with information about dietary supplements including health issues, government mandates and legislation, and much more.

  • CFS Extension Resources
    Purdue University lists publications about nutrition.

    Dietary Trackers

  • My Pyramid Tracker
    MyPyramid Tracker is an online dietary and physical activity assessment tool that provides information on your diet quality, physical activity status, related nutrition messages, and links to nutrient and physical activity information.

  • Indiana’s Food for the Hungry  
    Addresses the educational needs of those who work to provide emergency food assistance throughout the state of Indiana. The Web site has a food assistance directory, newsletter, and resources for emergency food programs and the public.

  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program
    TEFAP is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income needy persons, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance.

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
    SNAP helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health.






Purdue Extension suggests the following links for information regarding Food & Health:

Health and Human Sciences Extension - Provides resources for consumers to understand and evaluate nutrition and food safety information.