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Life-long learning is part of EHC. Non-formal educational lessons are used with Arkansas Extension Homemakers in local, club meetings with a goal of increasing awareness, increasing knowledge, enhancing skills, and practical application.  The goal is to improve quality of life. Generally, the lessons are taught by a leader within the club who received training on the topic.

The following EHC Lesson Guides were developed by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service for use in program planning with the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council. These educational lessons were developed by subject matter experts in their respective areas of concentration.

Lesson guides from 2014-2020 are available on this website. Lesson guides from previous years are available to County Extension Agents on shared Box folders. For more information contact Melody Curtis,  

2021 EHC Lesson Guides:

We will discuss the new Walk Across Arkansas platform and walk through how to register and use the website.

One of the most important factors associated with well-being in later life is having a supportive community.  Learn why we should be concerned and ways to combat loneliness.

Diet trends are constantly changing and shifting in the nutrition area.  Learn the best approach to meeting health, lifestyle and weight goals.

From direct bill pay to budgeting apps, you can manage your accounts from home or anywhere. Learn about the latest features and how to use them.


2020 EHC Lesson Guides:

Statewide Focus Programs - Counties and clubs have the option to join the statewide educational focus by offering these featured program topics in the following months during 2020.  Participating counties may teach these topics for the first four months of 2020:


Additional 2019-2020 EHC Lesson Guides:


2018 EHC Lesson Guides:

Learn tips to effectively communicate with EHC members, friends, and family.  Improve relationships.Gain understanding. Improve meeting efficiency.

Do you have difficult people in your club and in your life? Learn ways to address difficult situations such as angry or nitpicky people as well as how to identify and address sexual harassment and ways to engage in self-care to manage stress.

Tips, etiquette, and best practices for using social media. Smart use of social media is an important personal, communication, and leadership skill. 

Do you suffer from chronic pain? Learn ways to manage your aches and pains using research-proven strategies: deep breathing, guided relaxation, and easy yoga stretches. Find relief with these alternative methods recommended by the CDC.

Learn how lifestyle changes to prevent Type 2 diabetes can be incorporated into everyday living.

Today’s financial products and statements can be complicated.  Learn why you should check your credit report regularly and how to interpret what you read in the report.  Discover ways to improve your credit score and find out how it is used by lenders, insurance companies, employers and consumers.

Why should you volunteer? How can it benefit you? Volunteering helps us mentally, physically, emotionally and gives us a sense of purpose. Finding your volunteering style will help you achieve a positive outcome from volunteering. Learn to recognize problems and find solutions for volunteering.

 Lesson Guides 2014-2019

2017 Lesson Guides

Secrets of the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Lifestyle is linked to lower chronic disease risk and longer lives. Learn about health benefits and traditional foods of the Mediterranean region and how to incorporate those foods into your diet.


Learn how to define, identify, change behaviors, reduce the risk and prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes. 

2015 Lesson Guides

Whole Grains for Health

Learn how to identify whole grain products from refined grain products and make healthy whole grain substitutions to their refined grain recipes.

2014 Leadership Training Guides

How to Plan a Healthy Diet for People with Diabetes

One of every ten adult Arkansans has been diagnosed with diabetes. Learn how to plan a healthy diet to manage diabetes for you or your loved one.

Should You Be Eating Gluten-Free?

2017 Lesson Guides

Yoga Basics: Breathing, Movement and Guided Relaxation

Curious about yoga as a form of exercise? This lesson addresses three key components: breathing, movement, and guided relaxation.

2016 Lesson Guides

How To Talk To Your Doctor Guide


One of the most important parts of good healthcare is being able to talk to your doctor. Having a plan can help you remember questions you may have as well as answers to questions the doctor may ask. This Handbook will help you make a plan for talking with your doctor.

Top Ten Tips for Senior Summer Safety

Download our Top Ten Tips for Senior Summer Safety for a great time for fun, vacation and play. Target audiences is EHC clubs and Senior Adult Small Groups.

Disaster Preparedness Resources

Knowing what to do during severe weather can help keep you and your family safe. Be prepared before, during and after severe weather.

2015 Lesson Guides

Keys To Embracing Presentation

Since there is no magic potion to stop the aging process, it is important to take care of your body, mind and spirit throughout your whole life. The following 12 keys, and many additional healthy behavior practices, encourage optimal aging throughout the lifespan.

Keys to Aging Facilitator Guide

Activity Worksheets



Marketing Materials

Deskercise - Exercise Anywhere there is a chair

Desk exercises can help reduce repetitive stress injury risk as well as provide opportunity to add physical activity into your day. All of these exercises can be performed anywhere you have a chair.

The Mind-Body Connection

Too much stress in our lives can negatively affect our physical and mental health. This Training Guide will help you recognize physical symptoms of stress and will show you ways you can reduce the effects of stress.

2014 Lesson Guides

Six Ways to Live Longer

Researchers have identified several key behaviors practiced by people who have good health and long lives. This lesson will discuss six key lifestyle behaviors that can help you improve your health and quality of life. Some might be surprising!

Heart Disease: Are You at Risk?

Learn about your heart disease risk factors and how to take action to lower your risk.

Endless Gardening

This guide shows how people with special needs or limited physical abilities can return to the joy of gardening. Learn tips and techniques for creating or modifying easily accessible gardens and get advice on selecting ergonomic tools and low maintenance plants.

                       2016 Lesson Guides

Happy Trails: Tips and Tricks for Fun and Safe Travel With Kids

Grandparents, parents, and other caregivers will learn tips for safe travel with children including car seat, seatbelt, and hot car safety, safe and easy car snacks, and tips for keeping everyone sane on a car trip. Legal issues such as car seat age limits, smoking in the car with children, and at what age babysitters may drive children will be addressed. This lesson is appropriate for EHC and parent groups.

Happy Trails.pptx

2014 Lesson Guides

Your Blueprint for Happiness: Five Principles for Building a Better Life

This workbook will briefly describe five important principles that will guide you as you develop your unique blueprint for building greater happiness. The questions, suggestions, and activities in this workbook will then help you apply those principles to your life.

2017 Lesson Guides

Disaster Preparedness

Disasters can take a toll – emotionally and financially. Disaster preparedness helps to prevent negative consequences in the aftermath of an unforeseen event. Learn ways to safeguard yourself, your family, and your finances.

2016 Lesson Guides

Tips to Prevent Medicare Fraud

Learn tips to help prevent you from falling victim to Medicare Fraud.

2015 Lesson Guides

Consumer Protection: Shop Safely Guard Your Financial Identity

Learn important steps to safe-guard your identity for theft. Don't be a victim.

Stretching Dollars – Your Vehicle

Maintenance, insurance, gas mileage, repairs, car buying – transportation can take a big chunk out of your budget.
Gain tips for making the most of your budget when it   comes to vehicle costs.

Money Saving Strategies

Learn how to save money and increase your financial stability.  

2014 Lesson Guides

Planning Ahead

We tend to envision ourselves as always being healthy and financially stable. Unfortunately, a health crisis can occur at any time. Do you have someone who could make sure your bills were paid and make health care decisions for you if you were unable to do so? Does your family know where to locate important documents? Now is the time for you to think about your values and choices. Make sure decisions are made according to your wishes.

Six Ways to Increase Wealth

Recommended financial management practices have been shown to increase financial security. These basic tools can help you to make the most of your money.

2017 Lesson Guides

Could YOU Have Prediabetes?

Learn the definition of prediabetes, taking a screening quiz to determine risk, and understand lifestyle tips for diabetes prevention. Additionally, ways to educate others in the community about prediabetes will be provided.

2015 Lesson Guides

Produce Food Safety Leader Guide

Did you know the majority of foodborne illnesses is due to consuming contaminated fresh produce?  Yet fresh produce is an important part of a healthy diet. Learn tips that will help you keep your fresh fruits and veggies safe to eat so you can enjoy them without worry. 

2014 Lesson Guides

Keep It Safe Fun and Healthy Picnic Food

With summertime around the corner you should think about keeping and your family safe from foodborne illnesses.

Profile of a Leader

Sometimes we call someone a leader when in actuality they are a manager. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower stated that "Leadership is getting people to follow you." This lesson will teach what the characteristics of a good leader are, how to recognize your individual leadership style and how to use that knowledge to become a better leader.

Understanding Personalities

One of the biggest challenges we face when communicating with others is that individuals often have very different approaches to life. A highly organized person may become frustrated with a co-worker who is creative but disorganized. An abstract thinker may be dismissive of a task-oriented person who cannot see the big picture. These differences can lead to conflict and communication problems. Understanding personality types provide one way to see how people make decisions and why they sometimes clash. They help us understand what situations are likely to stress particular people. And they can help us communicate more effectively based on a better understanding of ourselves and how we relate to others. Credit to Michelle Collins & Julie King, 2004

Using Basic Parliamentary Procedure

Research has proven that as much as 50% of the time in meetings is unproductive and that up to 25% is spent discussing irrelevant issues. Research has also proven that using a skilled facilitator can increase productivity by as much as 25%. Part of being a skilled facilitator is being well versed in basic parliamentary procedure and following a planned agenda. This lesson will teach basic parliamentary procedure, how to use the most commonly used motions effectively and how to prepare an agenda. Participants will be introduced to the motions that can be used to control and expedite meetings.

Effective Meetings

According to a survey conducted by Communispond, Inc., a New York consulting firm, over half of the respondents stated that most meetings were a waste of time. Over 90% thought the reason was the lack of advanced planning and organization. Over 75% stated they had no formal training on how to conduct a meeting. This lesson will teach participants how to plan and conduct an effective meeting.

Social Media Landscape

With the advent of online networking capability, social media is QUICKLY becoming a large part of our daily lives – not only for personal use, but for business use as well. A late 2012 survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project shows that 52% of internet users who use social networking sites are between the ages of 50-64. A large number of users 65+ are also social media savvy. Another finding from that same survey shows that women are more likely than men to be on the sites (71%). This teaching tool will cover the top social networking sites. Not every social media platform is the same. Explanations of specific ways that EHC clubs can utilize these sites (i.e., meeting notices/reminders, classes taught by EHC, helpful tips, promotion of Extension programs, fundraisers) as well as simple step-by-step quick tutorials will be provided.

Marketing EHC

Marketing and effective communication about EHC is critical to the organization’s sustainability. If members truly believe EHC is of value to themselves and the communities in which clubs exist, it is worthwhile to invest some level of time and energy in building awareness about the program. In this lesson you will learn how to create your personal elevator speech about EHC and work with others in your club or council to develop a basic marketing plan. 

Effective Communication with the Public and the Media

With what seems like a never-ending number of blogs, social media and news outlets competing for your attention, our communication networks are larger than they have ever been. While this largess may be good for public accountability, an organization’s message can easily be lost in the crowd.

One way to ensure effective communication with the public and the media is by developing a communications plan. Participants will learn about what goes into a communications plan as well as trust behaviors that encourage communications. They will also learn about interacting with the media.


No one can motivate anyone else. Someone can inspire you, someone can stimulate you, but motivation is all up to the individual. During this workshop participants will discover tips on how to motivate themselves and what some of the key reasons they lose motivation