- Get healthy classes
- Group Bike Rides
- Community Garden
- "dig it" Kids Gardening
- SUmmer Downtown Fitness
- Adult Recess
Get Healthy with Community Healthcare System
Valpo Parks in partnership with Community Healthcare System is excited to offer the following classes that offer opportunities to learn about a variety of health and wellness topics. All classes will be taught by Community Healthcare System professionals.
|Class (scroll down for descriptions)||Date||Day||Time||Fee||Location|
|Cooking for One with five Ingredients or Less||Jan 18||Tu||2 - 3 pm||FREE||Banta Activity Center|
|A Day Just for Us -Allergy Friendly Programming||Feb 12||Sa||11 am - noon||FREE||Banta Activity Center|
|Oh, My Achy Bones||Mar 15||Tu||2 - 3 pm||FREE||Banta Activity Center|
|Go to Playtime and Join In||Apr 19||Tu||11 am - noon||FREE||Foundation Meadows Park|
|Eating to Support Healthy Aging||May 17||Tu||2 - 3 pm||FREE||Banta Activity Center|
|Tiny Hands, Big Helpers||Jun 18||Sa||11 am - noon||FREE||Banta Activity Center|
|Dine Without the Disagreements||Jul 19||Tu||6 - 7 pm||FREE||Banta Activity Center|
|Family Grocery Shopping||Aug 16||Tu||6 - 7 pm||FREE||Strack & Van Til (North)|
|AFib - What is it and What you Need to Know||Sep 20||Tu||2 - 3 pm||FREE||Banta Activity Center|
|Create a One-Bite Monster|
*See our special events page for more details about our Fall Festival
|Oct 22||Sa||11 am - 1 pm||FREE||Rogers-Lakewood Park|
|Increase Your Health Wealth||Nov 15||Tu||2 - 3 pm||FREE||Banta Activity Center|
|Grocery Shopping without a Car & |
Cooking Healthy on a Budget
|Dec 13||Tu||2 - 3 pm||FREE||Banta Activity Center|
Cooking for One on Five Ingredients or Less: Cooking healthy meals for one can be a challenge. Join in to learn ways to save time, money and ease your cooking stress. You will learn how to make wise food choices and use pre-chopped veggies, self-made frozen meals or leftovers to cook once for three delicious meals. (Ages 18+)
A Day Just for US - Allergy Friendly Programming: The Big-8 allergens: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, crustacean shellfish, wheat and soy are excluded from a session that is designed to keep allergies for kids and adults at bay. We will teach you how to read food labels, prepare a safe, nutritious treat and learn about allergy support in your area. (All ages, those under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult 18 and over)
Oh, My Achy Bones: As we age, bone density can become a concern. Join us for a free bone density screening and a presentation on exercises, foods and vitamins that can help manage chronic arthritis and possibly improve or prevent osteoporosis. (All ages, those under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult 18 and over)
Go to Playtime and Join In: Make the most out of playtime! Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, as we review ways to increase both children and parents' activity levels, strengthen relationships, build confidence and bond as a family. Activity will be adapted toward individual participant abilities.
Eating to Support Healthy Aging: Learn how the Mediterranean diet can help prevent cardiovascular disease, increase your lifespan and help you age gracefully. Recipes and food samples will be served. (Ages 18+)
Tiny Hands, Big Helpers: Kids, it's time to show your parents that you can be a great help in the kitchen. We will teach you how. You will learn how to make a fruit arrangement using safe utensils in your kitchen. Parents, this class will help you feel more confident to have your child participate in making family meals.
Dine Without Disagreements: Cooking with easy recipes backed by the American Heart Association, this session will include fun ideas to interact with the kids, easy recipes and healthy grilling ideas. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, sitter or friend, this day will be filled with great ideas to make mealtime less stressful and more interactive. (Ages 18+)
Family Grocery Shopping: You can save money and eat healthier with tips on ways to navigate a grocery store. You will learn how to use the freezer for easy-to-add produce to make smoothies and meals, and ways to store fruits and vegetables to keep produce fresh.
AFib - What is it and Why you Need to Know: It's National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month! AFib is an irregular, often rapidheart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow. Sleep apnea can worsen heart issues, leading to a higher risk of developing AFib. This session includes a free AFib and sleep apnea screening. It is recommended for people who are 40-50+ years of age and have a history of heart disease, thyroid disorders or sleep apnea. (Ages 18+)
Create a One Bite Monster: Kids will make a monster made of delicious morsels, using some foods they may have never tasted before! The session includes education on how grains and herbs can fit into a healthy diet and switch-p their meals. Parents will learn how to encourage kids to try new foods and build more fiber into the diet.
Increase Your Health Wealth: Find ways to save on your medication and learn more about safe and proper medication storage. Retail pharmacy staff from Community Healthcare System will answer questions and offer tips to save money at local pharmacies and your insurance plan. (Ages 18+)
Grocery Shopping Without a Car & Cooking Healthy on a Budget: Cooking from home gives you control over your food choices AND your wallet. This program, supported by the American Heart Association, should be on your to-do list if the weather is blustery or you are without a car. We will help you find ways to bring nutritious and delicious meals to your daily routine.
Join other community bike enthusiasts on these FREE rides. Each ride will start at the listed Valpo park and travel the paved pathways around town. Click HERE for more information.
|Bike Tune-up||Apr 14||Th||5:30 pm||Banta Center|
|Tour de Parks||May 12||Th||5:30 pm||ValPlayso Park|
|Ice Cream Ride||Jun 16||Th||5:30 pm||Tower Park|
|Red, White & Blue||Jul 7||Th||5:30 pm||Bicentennial Park|
|Pathways & Pizza||Aug 11||Th||5:30 pm||Central Park Plaza|
|Heroes Ride||Sep 8||Th||5:30 pm||Foundation Meadows|
|Autumn Colors||Oct 13||Th||5:30 pm||Rogers-Lakewood|
Grow your own veggies, herbs, or flowers from May to November!
Residents may reserve a 10 x 10 plot. 42 plots available. Space is limited.
- Ages: All ages welcome
- Dates: May - November
- Fee: $45 per plot
- Location: Valpo Parks Community Garden, Foundation Meadows Park, 3210 N Campbell St.
- Register: Call Valpo Parks office at 219-462-5144 for more information
Kids can get down and dirty and have fun growing their own garden this summer at Valpo Parks Community Garden!
Each child will get a 4 ft x 4 ft square bed to grow their own plants, and a bag of tools to help get started.
Each gardener who completes journal tasks will receive an end of season prize!
- Age: 5 - 17
- Dates: Spring - Fall
- Location: Valpo Parks Community Garden, Foundation Meadows Park, 3210 N Campbell Street, Valparaiso
- Fee: $25 per plot
Join Valpo Parks as we encourage the community to come out and get fit!
Attend FREE fitness classes lead by local instructors on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays throughout the summer at Central Park Plaza.
No registration is required. All ages welcome!
- Dates: June 6 - July 29
- Times: Monday Noon - 12:45 pm, Wednesday 5:30 - 6:15 pm, Friday 6:00 am - 6:45 am
Stop by Central Park Plaza on your lunch hour and enjoy fun recess games with others. Activities will change from week to week and attendees can look forward to jumbo jenga, checkers, chess, horseshoes, crochet, parachute, cornhole, hula hoops, musical chairs and so much more! Come in work clothes and stay as long as you can.
Grab lunch at the Valparaiso Farmer's Market before heading back to work.
Watch for updates on 2022 program dates/times
- Ages: 18+
- Fee: FREE