16th Annual Healthy Families Picnic

HealthNet’s Healthy Families Program held their 16th Annual Family Picnic on June 17th at Garfield Park.  This is a long-standing tradition at Healthy Families and grows larger each year.

Healthy Families is a family support and strengthening program that provides child development information, parent child interaction activities, referrals and linkage to community resources, and other assistance to meet the individual needs of families.  Approximately 500 families a month participate in this voluntary home-visiting program.

A great time was had by all!  There were 493 family members in attendance.  Families were able to enjoy a tasty hot dog lunch with chips, cookies, and applesauce.  Families and children could participate in fun games and visit 18 community agencies including HealthNet Health Promotions, Social Work Department and Outreach & Enrollment program. Other agencies represented included Safe Families, Indianapolis Public Library, Indy Parks Department, Boy and Girl Scouts and many others.

Children played fun games and were able to win prizes. The games included ring toss, duck pond, bean bag toss, cake walk and other fun games. A craft table was set up for children to make colored rainbows, paper bag vests and headbands. Children were also able to get their face painted by HealthNet’s talented face painters.

Throughout the event, door prizes were raffled off. Music was provided by a disc jockey.  As is our tradition, the children danced the hokey pokey and the chicken dance to close the event.

Thank you to all area businesses and to the HealthNet departments who donated door prizes. Over 40 door prizes were given out to families during the picnic.

To learn more about HealthNet’s Healthy Families Program, please visit us online at www.indyhealthnet.org.

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