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Drawing for a Free Bike to be held! La Porte Hospital Foundation encourages children to stay healthy!

July 8, 2016 | Supporting Our Community

La Porte, IN La Porte Hospital Foundation will hold a drawing for a new bike on August 5th! Drawing will take place prior to Downtown La Porte’s next family movie night! Downtown Movie Night is held in the Herald Argus parking lot on the corner of State and Monroe Street. Downtown La Porte supplies free popcorn and a free bounce house beginning at 6 pm. The movie will begin at dusk, with the drawing taking place at approximately 8:15 pm. Join us for the drawing and stay for The Minions Movie!

Families are encouraged to participate in the Get Fit Rx Program, created by The Foundation/Healthcare Foundation of La Porte with our local park departments. The Get Fit Rx Program focuses on encouraging families to spend more time being active outdoors! Though participation does not require that activities occur at a park location, this program also shares information on how to tap into our abundant listing of local park locations to increase healthy activities and playtime.

The benefits of spending time outdoors are nearly endless. It’s a chance to unplug and spend time with family or friends. It’s a chance to explore your surroundings, breathe in fresh air, let go of the day’s stress, and enjoy exercise without walls. Walking on a regular basis can significantly reduce chances of developing all kinds of health issues, including heart disease and obesity. And walking, hiking, jogging or running are all free!

The program starts with the Passport to Health, which includes a brochure explaining the program, and a packet containing an activity log, and maps of all the La Porte city and county parks.

To be entered in the drawing children should track their progress and turn in their completed 14-day activity log at La Porte Hospital, La Porte Pediatrics Office, La Porte County YMCA, a La Porte County Library branch or submit their activity log information online at by clicking on Get Moving!

The Get Fit RxTrails program was developed as a result of an in-depth strategic look at helping families get healthy. The Foundation, with IU Health La Porte Hospital Wellness Outreach, has successfully grown the Lil’

FISH program in area schools to give children a foundation for healthy living, but wanted to expand on the concept of making healthy living an easy choice for families. Our local parks are a natural fit. “We pulled together a local committee of individuals in our community committed to family health to determine how we could expand the outreach of Lil’ FISH and break down some of the barriers families face to building healthy habits,” said

Maria Fruth, chief operating officer of The Foundation. “From that, the Get Fit RxTrails program was born.