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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
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.

Healthy Holiday Cooking
Thursday, December 8 at noon Register
Cooking a healthy meal around the holidays doesn’t have to be a challenge. This program is packed full of tips and tricks to make your holiday favorites a little healthier this year. Keep on track with your goals and still enjoy a sweet treat! This program will demonstrate how to cut those calories while keeping those holiday flavors you crave.

Haughville Nutrition Education Class - Healthy Fats
Wednesday, January 18 from 12 - 1 p.m.
Often, we are taught that fat is bad. Did you know that our bodies need fat? Certain fats can benefit your brain and heart health. This session will help you learn which types of fats are healthful and how you can include them into your eating pattern.

Cooking Thyme - Creating and Using Spice Blends
Schedule & Register
Check out this class that explores creating and using spice blends for tasty, healthy cooking. Join the Marion County Public Health Department Nutrition Services to learn more about incorporating seasoning into your food. Learn about the cultures and flavors that make your dinner so tasty!

Flexitarian Cooking - Eating Less Meat
Schedule & Register
Whether you're eating less for health, savings, the environment, or some other reason, check out this class designed to explore the world of flexible vegetarian eating. Join registered dietitian Pam Horton and explore the world of flexible vegetarianism or flexitarian eating. Learn how you can still benefit by loading up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and nuts without ditching animal products completely. Delicious recipes and samples included!

Central Library The Game Changers: Film Screening & Discussion
Saturday, December 3 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Join us for a screening of "The Game Changers," an inspiring documentary about athletes who optimize health and maximize performance eating a plant-based diet. Following the film will be a panel discussion featuring local athletes and healthcare practitioners. No registration is required.

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.

Healthy Holiday Cooking
Haughville Thursday, December 8 at noon Register
Cooking a healthy meal around the holidays doesn’t have to be a challenge. This program is packed full of tips and tricks to make your holiday favorites a little healthier this year. Keep on track with your goals and still enjoy a sweet treat! This program will demonstrate how to cut those calories while keeping those holiday flavors you crave.

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.

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!