Second Annual Back2Health 3K Run, Jog, Walk Community Health Fair

The Gary Community Partnership will be hosting its 2nd Annual Back2Health Run, Jog, 3K Walk and Community Health and Back to School Fair on Saturday, July 30 at the ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen, 411 E. 5th Ave in Gary. Admission is free for all ages.

The day will begin at 8:00 a.m. with It’s Lit Get Fit Activities at Buffington Park, which is located diagonally across from the ArtHouse parking lot at 300 E. 6th Avenue. The fitness program will include a 3K, Zumba, Yoga, Hip Hop Aerobics and several other activities to help participants move.

“We are delighted to host this event for a second consecutive year”, said Jeffrey Edwards, co-founder of Gary Community Partnership. “We recognize the benefit of fostering healthy communities and are committed to partnering with businesses and organizations that share the same goal. »

Following the fitness activities, more than 25 area organizations will join the Gary Community Partnership at the ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen for a vendor fair promoting community wellness and student readiness as they are getting ready to go back to school. Youngsters can enjoy sports physical exams, bag checks, child-related health screenings, and enjoy a kids’ area with activities and prizes. Health care representatives from IU Northwest and Ivy Tech Community College will be on hand to speak with the young participants.

Health resources include Covid testing and vaccinations, school related vaccinations, HIV testing, blood pressure testing, nutrition management, smoking cessation/quitting smoking , financial health, mental health, early childhood education, first parenthood, senior living, advice on drug interactions, holistic living and general well-being. Additionally, several service providers will offer information about Medicaid and Medicare.

“There will be something for everyone” added Edwards. “This event is designed to bring our community together in the name of health and education.”

There are still a few vendor spaces available for healthcare or education-focused organizations. Volunteer opportunities are also available. For more information, visit or call 219.427.2421.

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