Success Stories

The Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program is making a difference in the lives of real people. Read below and learn how the program has helped Indiana residents.

How COVID-19 Inspired Gardeners to Feed a New Community

PNEP "Growing Together" project brings new produce to a new community during COVID-19 pandemic.

CATCH Program a Successful Start for 22 Third Graders!

Lindsey Walejewski recently taught the CATCH curriculum to the third-grade class at Beiger Elementary. After the 5 lessons, their teacher, Robert O’Hara, reported a significant change in behavior and that the students were in much better moods after the class!

Educating, Exercising, and Eating in Spencer County

Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program Advisor, Danica Williams, recently taught the CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) curriculum to children, along with some of their parents, at the summer feeding program at Rockport Elementary in Rockport, Indiana.

When Students Lead the Charge Against Food Waste

PNEP Community Wellness Coordinator Allison Finzel and her team set out to tackle the problem in Vigo County. Allison set out to research the situation with Dr. Diane Evans of Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.

Improving Access to Trails Leads to a Healthier Community

The Town of Chrisney recently started a shared use trail, that while beautiful and easy to use, was difficult to get to unless by car. With the help of Erin Meyer and the Welborn Baptist Foundation’s Healthy Eating, Active Living Grant, the trail is now accessible to all!

Boone County Community Garden

Holly Catron, the Community Wellness Coordinator from Boone County learned of a Placemaking grant received by The Heart of Lebanon board that the board had not discovered a use for. After conducting an assessment, Holly Catron suggested the funding be used to implement a downtown community garden, and the board readily agreed.

School Wellness Policy Grows Into Food Pantry

What started as the development of a school wellness policy for the West Washington School Corporation evolved to include a client choice pantry for students and families.

Gardening and Outreach to New Americans in Indianapolis

Perry Township, Indianapolis, has the largest community of Burmese Refugees in the United States.  Most of the Refugees were settled in this south side Indianapolis community during the last 15 years.

Summer Meals in Jefferson County Continues to Grow!

Food insecurity is an issue in Jefferson County, especially during the summer months when school is not in session.

Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice!

Our Community Wellness Coordinators (CWC) are one of our initiatives the Nutrition Education Program offers free of charge to Indiana communities.