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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.

In-Person Programs

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ABCs of Diabetes
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Adults are invited to a four-part diabetes education series 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!
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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.

Eating Well on a Budget
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Join the Marion County Public Health Department's Nutrition Services to learn how to shop for and cook tasty, nutritious meals that won’t break the bank.

Foodie Friends for Kids
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Read, play, learn, make snacks, and more! Children ages 3-5 will join Nutrition Services from the Marion County Public Health Department to explore healthy foods found right in your fridge!

Foraging Walk - What is edible? What should I avoid?
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Join Greg Monzel of Persimmon Herb School for this walking class to learn about what is in season, what is safe to eat, and what to consider when foraging in urban areas. You won't be able to look at "'weeds" the same way again!

Grocery Detective
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Join Marion County Public Health Department’s Nutrition Services in an interactive class to decode packaging and labeling questions. Enjoy a healthy recipe tasting with us as well!

Medicare Mail: What to Keep and What to Toss
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Is your mailbox stuffed full of scary or suspicious-looking mail from “Medicare”? Are you not sure it’s legitimate? Bring your bags full and we’ll help you decide what to keep and what to shred or toss.

Parachute Fitness Fun for Kids
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Up, down, and all around! Children ages 2-5 will build motor skills and learn colors and patterns while shaking, waving, and twirling a parachute in this program with JumpBunch of Indianapolis. Dress to move!

Central Library Community Resource Fair
Wednesday, October 4 from 12-5 p.m. Learn more
Learn about the services and programs provided by many local community resource organizations. Resource providers will include: Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Medical Screenings, Homeless Resources, Employment, and Teen/Youth Agencies.

Central Library Data and Drafts - Financial & Health Impacts of Climage Change
Thursday, October 5 from 6-8 p.m. Register
WFYI & the Polis Center bring together data and resources to explore important topics around equity, health, education, and beyond. Light snacks and beer from Bier Brewery will be available. Event is free to attend - but is only for those 21+.

College Avenue Through the Ages Fitness - Low Impact
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Through the Ages Fitness (TTAF) Low Impact engages the participants from head to toe, while activating their brains through our theme-based exercises. TTAF Low Impact sessions are all seated and lead by a Through the Ages Fitness instructor.

Garfield Park Adult Walking Club the "Garfield Gaters"
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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. A signed Liability Waiver will be required.

Haughville Nutrition Education Classes
Join Nutrition Services to learn about how you and your loved ones can eat better for a healthy life.

  • Eating Well on a Budget
    Tuesday, October 10 at 12 p.m. Register
  • Reducing Your Diabetes Risk with Nutrition
    Tuesday, November 14 at 12 p.m. Register
  • Mealtime Matters
    Tuesday, December 12 at 12 p.m. Register

Lawrence Culinary Book Club
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Get together with us to discuss cookbooks by checking out one or more cookbooks based on the topic of the month. Test a recipe or two and bring one dish or baked good from the cookbook that you would like to share to the meeting for the group to sample. September topic is Basic Cookbooks. See our Culinary Book Club book list.

West Perry Yoga for Everyday People
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You're invited to join IndyPL and the practice leaders of Indy Community Yoga for free, beginner-friendly, feel-good movement, breathing, and meditation practice in community with everyday people. Every body welcome.

Online Programs

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Tai Chi Flow
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Join us online for a free 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.

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!