In the Community

Indiana University Health cares about the needs of Indiana communities and believes in helping communities get strong. As part of its commitment to the community, Indiana University Health Arnett offers the following programs to residents in the Lafayette area.

Kindergarten Countdown Day of Service
Get Walking Groups Health & Safety Fair
Read to Succeed Strong Schools
Day at Fair/Farmer's Market Meals on Wheels

Kindergarten Countdown

Kindergarten Countdown is a free, four-week summer camp, sponsored by IU Health Arnett. The United Way of Greater Lafayette and IU Health Arnett piloted this program at Miller Elementary during the summer of 2011. Kindergarten Countdown is designed to prepare children with little to no preschool experience for their new roles as kindergarten students. The camp is taught by licensed, experienced teachers and takes place in a school setting. Students attend school for half a day to adjust to the routines and procedures of kindergarten to help them transition into school.  

IU Health Arnett supports Kindergarten Countdown as a community initiative to strengthen K-12 education. Since launching the program, IU Health Arnett has provided volunteers, school supplies and books to approximately 200 area children who participate in the program each year. 

Day of Service

In conjunction with the 2013 IU Health Day of Service, IU Health Arnett collaborated locally with the Tippecanoe County Parks & Recreation Department.

More than 40 IU Health Arnett employees volunteered their time to improve walking trails, landscape, place signage and general cleanup at both Armstrong and Trailhead Parks in Tippecanoe County. Helping to improve local parks is a simple way for IU Health Arnett to encourage the local community to get out and be active!  

Get Walking Groups

As part of IU Health Arnett’s mission to reduce area obesity rates, the free Get Walking groups were launched in 2013. IU Health Arnett host two walking groups each Mondayfrom July through October. groups met at Armstrong Park and Riehle Plaza. The walking groups were developed to educate community members on the benefits of walking, in an encouraging atmosphere. The Lafayette YMCA provided certified walking instructors and IU Health Arnett physicians and Wellness Coordinators volunteered their time to provide additional resources and health screenings to participants.  

Health & Safety Fair

In order to provide educational information and promote health and safety to the local communities it serves, IU Health Arnett hosted its second annual Health & Safety Fair on May 18, 2013. Over 800 people attended the Health & Safety Fair which focused on providing education to children and their families about their health and well-being. Dozens of community organizations provided educational booths including a smoke trailer to learn how to escape from a smoky house, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, balance screenings, free bike helmets provided by Goodman Campbell Brain & Spine, hands-on CPR and AED training for families and free car seat safety checks. Community partners also provided information about services for cancer patients, calling 911 and a system that helps locate lost children with disabilities.

Read to Succeed

As part of its commitment to education and the community, IU Health Arnett continues to provide volunteers for the Read to Succeed program. This program is a partnership between three public school corporations, the Greater Lafayette Commerce and the United Way of Greater Lafayette. The program’s goal is to ensure that every third-grader leaves third grade reading at grade level or better. This age is the point when students shift from learning to read toward reading to learn. Without these skills, students get further behind each year, and they are dramatically more likely to drop out of school. This program was developed to help children in the community succeed. 

Strong Schools

The Strong Schools program, a new pilot for 2013, aims to promote a healthy school environment by focusing on student, staff and community initiatives, such as increasing opportunities for physical activity and improving access to healthy food. By helping students, staff and community members focus on making healthy choices, schools can become a center of health throughout entire communities.

Day at Fair/Farmer’s Market

As a creative way to promote healthy eating in the community, IU Health Arnett partnered with Pleasant Acres farms to sponsor a mini farmers market. Fresh produce was available to purchase and healthy recipe tips and samples were handed out to encourage consumers to eat healthier.  

Meals on Wheels

IU Health Arnett partners with Meals on Wheels to provide meals for those in need. IU Health Arnett Hospital service employees spend each weekday morning packaging dozens of meals for Meals on Wheels, making sure the meals meet dietary restrictions and provide good nutrition for seniors. Though multiple chefs prepare the meals, one employee is dedicated to Meals on Wheels, ordering food, preparing, packaging and ensuring the meals get delivered.

For information on our community programs and how you can get involved, please contact Kier Crites, Sr. Public Relations Coordinator, at 765.838.6464 or mcrites@iuhealth.org.