Health Education

Health Education Information

One of the core functions of the Whitley County Health Department involves providing health education services to the community. This service may be provided in schools, factories, businesses, churches, senior citizen centers, and a multitude of other locations.

The Health Educator is able to provide education on all aspects of health including, but not limited to, physical activity, nutrition, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, weight management, hygiene, coping skills, communication, tobacco cessation, substance use, HIV/STI, safety, and injury prevention.

The Health Educator can offer Lunch & Learns and guest speaker presentations, connect residents to community resources, help organizations set up exercise clubs and wellness programs, and more.

Programs and presentations can be developed to fit the needs of the requestor.


Dimensions: Tobacco Free Program

The Whitley County Health Department offers an evidence-based tobacco cessation program called Dimensions: Tobacco Free Program. The program is intended to reducing the use of tobacco in the community by providing education on healthy behaviors, changing behaviors, coping with cravings, and maintaining change. Participants create SMART goals, learn to replace unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones, visualize living a life tobacco free, and learn strategies to keep themselves in line with their goals.

Smoking cessation groups are led by a trained facilitator. This facilitator is also available for classroom and community presentations on the effects of smoking.

Check out the website that has information on giving up the tobacco habit.  The 1-800-784-8669 Quit Now Indiana provides counseling over the phone.  A Spanish quit line is also available by calling 1-855-335-3569.  What are you waiting for?  Call today!

Say it Straight

The Whitley County Health Department offers an evidence-based communication assertiveness program called Say it Straight. The cognitive reinforcement training program teaches participants how to transform relationships of submission-dominance to relationships of equal value. Say it Straight give people the freedom and ability to explore empowering and disempowering communication styles, such as people pleasing. The program teaches about the components of each style of communication, real life examples through role plays and media examples, guided imagery, and body sculptures.

Say it Straight training programs are available from a trained facilitator. The training is five hours long, and is usually broken into one hour segments. It is suitable for school age children through adults.

For more information, visit the Say it Straight website at

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