Active People, Healthy INDY℠


Active People, Healthy INDY℠ is a county initiative led by the Cardiovascular Program to bring awareness to the need for increased physical activity for citizens of Marion County through promotion of more activity friendly routes to everyday destinations. Active People, Healthy INDY℠ was created as a local adoption of the national initiative, Active People, Healthy Nation℠. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created Active People, Healthy Nation℠ to encourage 27 million Americans to become more physically active by 2027.

Visit the Active People, Healthy Nation℠ website to learn more about this national initiative and why we want to contribute to creating an active America, together.

For more information on activity friendly routes and everyday destinations, visit the CDC’s Connecting Routes + Destinations webpage.

If you would like to learn more about how the Marion County Public Health Department is working to develop healthier communities through the built environment, please see our Healthy Communities program page for more details.


Benefits Of Physical Activity

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decrease bad cholesterol
  • Improve blood sugar
  • Regulate body weight

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Improve memory
  • Reduce the risk of depression

  • Reduces the risk of dementia
  • Reduces risk for colon and breast cancer

  • Physician expenses
  • Hospital or health care facility expenses
  • Prescription drug expenses
  • Home health or nursing home care expenses

  • Lost work days
  • Lower productivity at home


Community Partners

Much of this work is collaborating with community partners that are leading the way for increased opportunities for physical activity in Marion County. These community partners offer resources for families to be active together while also promoting infrastructure change which connects neighborhoods to businesses, workplace, trails, and parks.

Click on each logo to learn more about each organization and their work in your community.

Bicycle Garage Indy/BGI Fitness has been serving Central Indiana since 1983. Bicycle Garage Indy has three locations: North on 82nd St, South on County Line Road in Greenwood and Downtown on Market Street next to the Indianapolis City Market. In addition to providing a wide selection of products and services, Bicycle Garage Indy is very involved in the community, supporting initiatives and organizations which encourage active lifestyles. To find great places to bicycle, check out BGI’s 100+ curated bike routes in the Indianapolis area on Ride Spot!

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Health by Design works at the intersection of the built environment and public health, collaborating across sectors and disciplines to ensure Indiana communities have neighborhoods, public spaces and transportation infrastructure that promote active living for all.

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The Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA) provides statewide leadership for healthy eating and active living strategies that works to reduce the burden of overweight, obesity, and related chronic diseases.

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The Top 10 coalition is a catalyst for change, aligning partners’ individual strength into a collective power for improved community health.



We’re a gym, but we’re just not a gym. The YMCA is about being a charity, but we’re not just a charity. We’re about families, but we’re also about singles, college students, new couples and empty-nesters.

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The Indianapolis Greenways Partnership is a public-private partnership that develops and provides creative programming on Indy Greenways that broadens user engagement with Indy Greenways, builds support for the trail system, and catalyzes further investment in Indy Greenways.  Along with our community partners, the Indianapolis Greenways Partnership provides a wide array of programming opportunities that focuses on Health, Fitness & Wellbeing; Cultural Enrichment and Community Engagement; Education and Awareness; and Retail program opportunities and supports an equitable approach to diverse programming across the Indianapolis metropolitan area. Learn more at


Additional Physical Activity Information 

When you hear physical activity, many people think of working out or exercising, but physical activity can be a part of your everyday life without going to the gym every day.

Physical activity is any movement of the body that expends energy.

  • Examples include walking to the bus, bicycling to work, gardening or cleaning the house.

Exercise is body movement done with the intention to promote a health benefit.

  • Examples including running a 5K, hiking a trail, fitness classes or lifting weights.

In 2018, the federal government published the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition. Below is an abbreviated version. To read full version, click here.


Active people, Healthy Nation is an HHS service mark, use of Active People, Healthy Nation℠ does not imply review, approval, or endorsement by HHS.