Health & Wellness/Family Services

Health and Wellness 2016 Programs & Events

The Indianapolis Urban League’s Health and Wellness department is focused on improving health in Indianapolis.  Our innovative and stimulating programs encourage health and quality of life for all Indianapolis residents and aid public health professionals in advocacy and community health education. The on-going INYLHUM “edutainment” tour, recent Go to the Doctor Day and Family Food & Fitness program, help youth and adults to take charge of their health. With messages and services related to positive sexual behaviors, improved access to health care, food and physical activity, we show we are committed to inspiring individuals to live healthier lifestyles.

The success of our programs could not be possible without the support of all IUL departments, programs and initiatives, The Exchange-Indianapolis and our many community partners in health: I U Health, HealthNet, Northeast Corridor Community Development Corporation, Sports World, LLC., the Indianapolis Indians and the YMCA’s of Greater Indianapolis, to name a few. The Indianapolis Urban League is a dedicated leader in community health.

A description of our most current programs and initiatives are below.

2016 IUL Health & Wellness Speaker Series

The IUL Health & Wellness Speaker Series is a quarterly series that brings a prominent speaker to talk about an important health issue. Through the Health & Wellness Speakers Series we hope to bring influential public health speakers to share their insight on current issues and potential strategies for change, that result in improved health and quality of life for all.

  • March 2016: The State of Our Community Health
  • June 30, 2016: Food Access Roundtable Discussions
  • August 2016: Health in All Policies Conference
  • November 2016: Conversations in Mental Health

Health & Wellness Speaker Series

Family Food & Fitness Nutrition & Cooking Education Program

The IUL Family, Food & Fitness Nutrition & Cooking Education class is a monthly, interactive cooking experience for the entire family. The program infuses 3 program components: cooking/food preparation-meal plans and recipes and interactive cooking demonstrations which end in a communal meal. Participants are also encouraged to be prepared to participate in physical activity offered by a certified instructor.

Sponsor: Wal-Mart

Family, Food, & Fitness Cooking Demonstrations at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church

418 E. 34th St. Indianapolis, IN

Upcoming Demo Dates:

  • Saturday, July 16, 10-11:30am
  • Saturday, August 6, 10-11:30am
  • Saturday August 27, 10-11:30am
  • Saturday September 17, 10-11:30am
  • Saturday October 8, 10-11:30am
  • Saturday October 29, 10-11:30am
  • Saturday November 9, 10-11:30am

Family, Food, & Fitness School Based Cooking Demonstrations

School-based cooking demonstrations and dinners can be customized to the needs of the participating school. Open for family and parent nights, Kids’ Night Out or Health and Wellness events for staff and students. Please contact the IUL Health & Wellness Department for more information or to schedule an event at your school.

Partnerships and Participating Schools: Indianapolis Public Schools 27 & 56

Senior Diabetes Class

FREE 6 week diabetes prevention and awareness class for Seniors. Each week will feature a new topic around diabetes and all program materials are provided. Class dates/times:  Every Thursday from 1pm-3pm. June 16-July 21, 2016. Refreshments will be served.

Partner/Facilitator: Q-Source/Atom Alliance, Angela Goode

Upcoming Classes:

  • Thursday July 7, 2016, 1-3pm
  • Thursday July 14, 2016, 1-3pm
  • Thursday July 21, 2016, 1-3pm

National Urban League’s Take Action for Health Study & Workshop Series

In collaboration with the Anthem, City of Hope, and Pfizer, the Indianapolis Urban League will conduct the National Urban League’s Take Action For Health Study and Workshop Series on the breast, heart and mental health of African Americans, 18 years of age or older.

Participate and help us learn more about the health of African American adults and the programs and services needed to improve the health and wellness of all African Americans. Incentives are available for completion of workshops and online, pre and post surveys.

Upcoming Workshop Dates

  • Tuesday August 2, 2016: Breast Health Basics
  • Tuesday August 9, 2016: Breast Cancer
  • Wednesday August 17, 2016: Heart Health Basics
  • Wednesday August 24, 2016: Heart Disease Prevention & Treatment
  • Tuesday August 23, 2016: Coloring & Conversations: Understanding Your  Mental Health
  • Tuesday August 25, 2016: Mental Health & Religion

Access to Healthcare

The National Urban League Project Wellness Concept and model serves as an innovative foundation to all of our health policy, advocacy and program work. Through Project Wellness, our IUL affiliate aims to improve participants health through several services including assistance in understanding and accessing available healthcare. The Indianapolis Urban League has partnerships with healthcare agencies in Indianapolis to provide assistance to clients in our Workforce Development and Special Support Service Programs (SPSP), as well as all health and wellness events.  Please contact the IUL Health & Wellness Department for more information.

Partnerships: Covering Kids & Families (CKF), HealthNet, Eskenazi Population Health, MDWise, and NEC Jobs & Training Action Team