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Health & Wellness

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Take charge of your health with help from the Library! Find online and in-person exercise, mindfulness or cooking classes and more.

We can also help you find reliable, trusted resources to manage good health and get access to medical research tools too. See our blog posts about health & wellness that cover both research assistance and reading recommendations.

Public Health Partnerships

The Library is also proud to partner with local organizations to team up for community health including serving summer meals, hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics, distributing free gun locks, and more. Learn more about how you can easily visit our locations to take advantage of these free services.

In-Person Programs

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ABCs of Diabetes
Schedule & Register
Adults are invited to a free, four-part diabetes education series instructed by the Marion County Health Department. Topics include eating healthier, increasing activity, taking medications, and preventing complications. Attendees should plan to attend all four sessions at a given Library location.

Cooking Made Easy - Camp Cooking
Teens | Schedule & Registration
Summer has arrived! Learn to make delicious and simple recipes such as Fireside Chili, Southwest Chicken Quesadillas, and S'more Bites! Learn these great healthy recipes from The Marion County Public Health Department Nutrition Services!

Central Library Optimizing Life: Film Screening & Discussion
Saturday, July 23 from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Register
Join us for a screening of "Optimizing Life," an Indiana-based, Emmy-nominated film that highlights how people can prevent, manage, and sometimes reverse chronic diseases with lifestyle changes. Afterwards, we’ll have a panel discussion and a healthy cooking demo.

Garfield Park Adult Walking Club: "The Garfield Gait-ers"
Schedule & Register
Adults ages 55+ are invited to a planned walk from Garfield Park Library using trails throughout the park and nearby neighborhoods. These twice monthly walks will last approximately 45 minutes.

Garfield Park Easy Tips to Start Exercising @ Home
Saturday, July 23 at 11:00 am Register
Always wanted to start exercising at home but had a hard time following through? This class will help provide resource to make exercising simpler and less expenses to start and follow through with in your own home.

Haughville Cooking Class - Food Safety & Summer Salads
Thursday, July 7 at Noon Register
Join our cooking class in order to learn how to make and keep your food safe this summer.

West Perry Meditation for Everyday People
Schedule & Register
Each session, led by teachers from Indy Community Yoga, will include seated meditation, walking meditation, mindful dialogue, and mindful movement followed by a discussion period where participants may share with the group and ask questions.

Online Programs

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Tai Chi Flow
Schedule and Register
Join us for a free bi-weekly Tai Chi class presented by Christine Bhe. Tai Chi Flow is a mind/body exercise that combines the best of traditional Tai Chi and Qigong with modern Western fitness. No equipment is needed. Wear loose comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, and have water available.

Schedule and Register
Join IndyPL and facilitators from Here Minds Collective for meditation sessions featuring self-regulating practices such as mindfulness, labeling, breath, body, metta and sound meditation.

Fit Lit Book Club
Schedule & Register
Adults interested in new ways to stay fit and healthy are invited to attend this monthly Zoom discussion. Discussion will include advice and commentary from Marion County Public Health Department staff.

View on Demand: Simple & Affordable Plant Based Cooking
Watch as local vegan chefs share their favorite and nutritious vegan recipes in these easy step-by-step video tutorials.

View on Demand: Online NinjaZone Camp for Kids Get your kids moving! Join Coach Mike for a series of classes to do at your own pace from the comfort of your living room. NinjaZone combines the coordination, strength, and agility training into a creative form of freestyle movement. For children 3-6, but the whole family is free to join in! This event is being presented as a video on The Indianapolis Public Library's YouTube page at Lesson One, Lesson Two, and Lesson Three! Also see our booklist for little Ninjas in training!

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The IndyPL Seed Library

Did you know we provide free seeds for check-out? The Seed Library is available at many of our locations during regular branch hours from late March through October. By using your IndyPL library card you can start your vegetable, herb, or even flower garden for free!

Find out about upcoming gardening programs and get gardening reading recommendations from our staff at Gardening - Get Started at the Library!

e-Books & Streaming

OverDrive has a wide selection of e-books and downloadable audiobooks in their Health & Fitness collection. They also have a large variety of e-magazine in their Health & Wellness e-magazine collection including Prevention, Women's Fitness, Men's Fitness Guide, Vegan Life, and more. If you have never borrowed from OverDrive or used their Libby app before, information to get started can be found here.

Health and Wellness Magazine Covers

You an also use your Library card to stream health related music and movies from Kanopy and Hoopla. Information to get started on each platform can be found here. These categories can help you get started browsing:

Need help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian. The Tinker Station helpline at (317) 275-4500 is also available. It is staffed by device experts who can answer questions about how to read, watch and listen on a PC, tablet or phone.

Take a Free Online Class

You can use your IndyPL Library card to check out each episode of these Health & Wellness classes. To get started create a Kanopy account. If you need help a video tutorial is available. Have questions? Call the Tinker Tech/Device Helpline at 317-275-4500 or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian.

Make use of the best of nature-based medicine, live a truly nurturing lifestyle, and learn to care for your own well-being in the most comprehensive and far-reaching way.

Recommendations from our Staff

Click on a featured booklist to get health & wellness recommendations or see all our staff health & wellness lists for kids, teens, and adults.

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NextReads Examples

Subscribe to the Health & Wellness Email Newsletter from NextReads

To receive health & wellness reading recommendation in your inbox monthly subscribe to NextReads here. Book suggestions are linked to our catalog for easy requesting. It's FREE! See a sample issue.

Dig Deeper into Research

Your library card gives you access to several research databases that include results from medical journals and other health related publications.

AHFS Consumer Medication Information
Contains patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish.

Alt. HealthWatch
Provides the latest information and materials for the practice of holistic medicine and therapies.

Consumer Health Complete
Resources to help patients understand health-related topics. Covers health and wellness from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine.

Medline with Full Text
Provides access to full text biomedical and health journal articles.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
This database provides psychology journals for psychology students, psychologists, counselors, and anyone researching behavioral sciences.