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October 21, 2002

Purdue consumer and family sciences educators honored

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Awards were presented to three Consumer and Family Science educators of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. They were honored Tuesday (10/15) by the Indiana Extension Educators Association during the annual Extension conference on Purdue's West Lafayette campus.

• Mary Ann Lienhart-Cross of Elkhart County received the CFS Career Award for her distinguished service to Extension. Lienhart-Cross began her career as Elkhart County youth educator in 1975, becoming the home economist in 1977. She's been an active member of IEEA and National Association of Extension Home Economists since 1975, serving in various leadership roles. In addition, she's been a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi since 1985. She's received many awards, including the 2001 Paul B. Crooks Award, 2001 Purdue CFS Hidden Diamond Award, 1998 Extension Senior Award, 1990 IEEA Continued Excellence Award, 1979 HAEHE Junior Award and 1996 IEEA's YWCA Salute to Women Award. Lienhart-Cross hosts a call-in radio show on Saturday mornings and was involved in presenting the Women in Agriculture program in Plymouth, Ind. She remains active in the Elkhart County 4-H program as a goat club leader and fair board member.

• The CFS Innovator Award was presented to Rebecca Hayes-Bordas of Marion County for her efforts teaching personal finance education in the workplace. With consumer credit card delinquencies at an all-time high and personal savings as a percentage of disposable income at an all-time low, financial competence of employees is considered an important issue. Hayes-Bordas created a PowerPoint presentation based on "The Financial Checkup" and created a brochure describing eight financial education programs. She networked with human resources professionals and conducted workshops for 161 federal government employees and 98 Marion County government employees. Participants started plans to invest more for retirement and pay off credit card debt.

• For helping more than 1,500 Johnson County citizens understand the relationship between their food choices and their health, Linda Souchon was presented the CFS Senior Award. Nearly 50 percent of Americans are overweight, increasing their risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and certain kinds of cancer. Souchon conducted a series of educational programs in Johnson County designed to address this issue. She explains how reducing fat, sugar and sodium in the diet and increasing the amount of fiber can help. She encourages use of the food guide pyramid and increasing consumption of salads, beans, grains and fruits. Souchon doesn't restrict her programs to adults, but also works with youths to help them understand the food guide pyramid and the importance of variety in the daily diet.

CONTACT: Floyd Branson, Purdue Extension, (765) 494-8490.

Writer: Andrea McCann

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