Outreach Programs

Get Involved

We offer a variety of programs throughout the year that focus on health and being active in your community.

Families at the Farmers Market

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has partnered with several local agencies to develop a special educational program designed to help families learn ways to incorporate fresh produce into mealtimes.

Families at the Farmers Market is a series of three monthly educational programs held at Minnetrista in Muncie and the Hartford City Growers and Makers Market. The free programs are held in the summer in June, July and August, and include experts from IU Health Ball Memorial or Blackford Hospital, Minnetrista, Purdue University Extension and more discussing nutrition, physical activity, diabetes, or demonstrations of how to include more produce or healthier ingredients into meal planning.

Participating families are surveyed before and after the program to determine its effectiveness. In 2017, 75 percent of respondents stated their families’ use of fresh fruits and vegetables increased each week, and 100 percent of participants responded “my knowledge increased a lot!” or “I learned a few new things!”

To learn more about the 2019 Families at the Farmers Market programs, please visit healthycommunityalliance.org

Community Health Fairs

Experts from IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital participate in numerous health fairs and community events throughout the calendar year. Free screenings for blood pressure, stroke risk, or diabetes assessments are often performed at these events or guests are afforded the opportunity to speak with a friendly IU Health face regarding their questions outside of a hospital or physician’s office.

Our heath fair calendar is always expanding! If you are interested in determining which IU Health expert may be an addition to your event, please call 765.751.6346.

Day of Service

Motivated by team members’ desire and passion to serve their local communities and make an even greater impact outside the walls of the hospital, IU Health challenges team members to get involved in projects like school and neighborhood improvement projects, building sustainable food access points, and creating safety nets for local residents as a part of its Day of Service initiative, which celebrated its 10th year in 2018.

Past projects initiated by IU Health East Central Region team members over the years include…

  • Rehabilitating an outdoor “play-scape” at Head Start of Muncie to benefit 300 preschool-age children utilizing an environment where play structures, activity settings, and landscape features are uniquely designed into natural habitats.
  • Installing fitness equipment at Wilderness Park in Blackford County where more than 2,000 visitors come to walk in the woods and visit a nearby dog park each year.
  • Constructing a GaGa Ball Pit at Redkey Elementary School in Jay County. Students enjoy playing with a lightweight ball within an octagon enclosure where the object of the game is to hit the ball at or below opponents' knees to eliminate them from the pit. The last one left in the GaGa Ball Pit is the winner.
  • Installing fitness equipment, painting fences and constructing a picnic shelter along the 62 mile Cardinal Greenway rail-trail which passes through five counties in East Central Indiana and sees over 150,000 visitors each year.

For more information about Day of Service, please contact John Disher at 765-747-3915 or jdisher1@iuhealth.org.

Afterschool Healthy Kids Program

The IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation has partnered with the YMCA of Muncie to offer the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) curriculum for elementary schoolchildren in Muncie. The program is aimed at curbing childhood obesity through health education and behavior change. For more information, please contact John Disher at 765-747-3915 or jdisher1@iuhealth.org.