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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 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.

Healing and Growing Together: A Pop-Up Care Fair for Families

Central Library Sunday, April 2 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Families can participate in fun and informative activities related to physical, emotional, and mental health for children. Hosted by the Museum of Broken Relationships Indianapolis.

Have you ever wondered how a broken bone mends, why some things make us feel sad, or how we heal and grow from loss? During this care fair for children and their families, hosted by the Museum of Broken Relationships Indianapolis and sponsored by Indianapolis Central Library, children can participate in a variety of hands-on activities to explore and learn about caring for physicals and emotional health. From how to properly brush their teeth and maintain a healthy heart, to understanding how the brain processes emotions and hearing stories about self-care, this pop-up care fair is a fun afternoon of informal learning that families can attend together.

In-Person Programs

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

Approaching Medicare Age? - Considering Retirement? What you Need to Know Now!
Schedule & Register
This session will teach you about Medicare, its costs and coverage, an overview of how it works, and all of your choices as you approach Medicare eligibility. Learn the real information from certified SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) counselors who provide impartial information with no sales pitch.

Is Your Family Water Safe?
Schedule & Register
Among those 1-14 years-old, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death. Join the Riviera Club to learn about protecting your family. Participants will receive information about free swim days at the Riviera Club.

Medicare Bingo
Schedule & Register
Come play BINGO and learn about Medicare during this interactive presentation. There are prizes to be won!

Teen Chef
Schedule & Register
Join us to cook with healthy recipes! This program is presented by Marion County Health Department Nutrition Services.

Eagle Growing Healthy Communities: Garden Fun for the Whole Family
March 25 from 2-4 p.m. Register
Stop in for bilingual story time about spring and gardens in Spanish & English, plant seeds (and pick up more to take home), make garden crafts, and learn about testing your home and soil for lead.

Eagle Meditation for Everyday People with Community Yoga
Schedule & Register
You are invited to practice quiet meditation with IndyPL and Indy Community Yoga. This practice is suitable for beginners, Zen Masters, and everyone in between. No special knowledge, experience, attire, belief, or non-belief is required. Just be yourself.

Haughville Nutrition Education Class - Eating the Flexitarian Way
Tuesday, April 11 from 12 - 1 p.m. Register
Trying to eat more plants? Try a Flexitarian eating plan. Join registered Dietitian Pam to explore flexible vegetarianism or flexitarian eating. Learn how you can still get all the benefits of eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and nuts without ditching animal products completely.

Pike Adult Walking Club - Pike Pacers
Adults of all ages are invited to a planned walk from Pike Library using trails in nearby neighborhoods. These monthly walks will last approximately 45 minutes. A signed Liability Waiver will be required. Meet in the library at the information desk.

Southport Chair Aerobics
Schedule & Register
Join us for a 12-week, low-impact, theme-based seated exercise and brain fitness class led by an instructor from Through the Ages Fitness. Thursday mornings in March, April, and May from 11:00-11:45 - except for no class on April 27.

Southport What Should My Child Be Doing? A Parent's Guide to Developmental Milestones
Thursday, July 6 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Register
Join us as Child Care Resource & Referral Network discusses developmental milestones, the behaviors and skills of young children, and discover what they will accomplish as they grow!

Southport The Hot Dog Kid: 10 Tips for Picky Eaters
Thursday, August 17 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Register
Picky eating is often the norm for young children. While frustrating for parents, most kids get plenty nutrition in their diets. Join Child Care Resource & Referral Network for tips on preventing mealtime battles.

Online Programs

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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!