INDIANAPOLIS (September 4, 2019) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announces its multi-year partnership with Community Health Network in support of 500 Festival Mini-Moves, powered by INSHAPE. Mini-Moves is a free, in-school program that inspires Indiana kids to experience physical activity of any kind and instills a lifetime of healthy habits. Now in its second year, Mini-Moves consists of in-class activities, goal setting and culminates with an event to celebrate the joy of physical activity.
500 Festival Mini-Moves, powered by INSHAPE is the first program of its kind for Indiana. Launched in November 2018, the program has been created by Hoosier educators, for Hoosier educators. In its first year, more than 43,300 Hoosier kids from 1,681 Indiana classrooms participated in Mini-Moves, exploring a variety of physical activities, while learning a lifetime of healthy habits. Mini-Moves was also named a Project Play Champion by the Aspen Institute in recognition of the program’s work to build healthy communities and children through all types of physical activity.
“Community Health Network is proud to partner with the 500 Festival in support of Mini-Moves,” said Bryan Mills, president & CEO, Community Health Network. “The physicians and staff of Community Health Network are passionate about communicating the importance of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle to all members of our community, but especially to kids. Mini-Moves provides valuable resources to Hoosier kids, inspiring them to be active and make Indiana a healthier place.”
Mini-Moves is a free in-school program that leverages the value of Indiana being the home of the Indy 500 and the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon to further a culture of running, walking and movement in grades K-12. Students learn through a variety of in-class activities and goal setting. The culmination of Mini-Moves is a celebration event, where students celebrate the joy of physical activity. The program offers maximum flexibility for teachers, so it can be implemented over any course of time – a week, month or the entire term. Mini-Moves consists of:
- Customizable Activities & Materials: Different materials, activities and resources are available for students of any age – from elementary to high school.
- Turbocharged Experiences: Leverage the value of Indiana being home of the Indy 500 to inspire students! From resources and grants for professional development, the opportunities are fast paced and exciting!
- Celebration Event: The culmination of the program, a celebration event encourages students to celebrate the joy of movement – today and for a lifetime.
- Fundraising: Mini-Moves provides the opportunity to raise funds specifically for the advancement of a school’s Physical Education program, in addition to supporting physical education across Indiana. 100% of funds raised will stay in Indiana!
“We’re proud to partner with Community Health Network in support of 500 Festival Mini-Moves, powered by INSHAPE. The first year of Mini-Moves was a big success, resulting in more than 43,300 Hoosier kids embracing the joy of any type of physical activity,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “Mini-Moves is more than classroom activities and lesson ideas, it’s the foundation of a fundamental change for our state, led by Hoosier kids and educators. Our partnership with Community Health Network will help further expand the opportunities that we can provide for kids to participate in fitness activities without barriers to entry and in a fun and sustainable format.”
Educators can register their class for the 2019-2020 500 Festival Mini-Moves, powered by INSHAPE, and learn more by visiting IndyMini.com/MiniMoves or search #minimovesIN on social media.
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About the 500 Festival
Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization producing more than 50 life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and foster positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $400 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.
About Community Health Network
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Community Health Network has been deeply committed to the communities it serves since opening its first hospital, Community Hospital East, in 1956. Now with more than 16,000 caregivers and 200 sites of care, Community Health Network puts patients first while offering a full continuum of healthcare services, world-class innovations and a new focus on population health management. Exceptional care, simply delivered, is what sets Community Health Network apart and what makes it a leading not-for-profit healthcare destination in central Indiana. For more information about Community Health Network, please visit eCommunity.com
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