Healthy Strides

Your friends here at NAMI Greater Indianapolis want to stay true to our mission, as we represent many in the great exodus to better health. This is the reason why we created the initiatives for Healthy Strides for Longer Lives! Persons with serious mental illness die, on average, 20 to 25 years sooner than peers due to comorbidities, in addition to the effects of symptoms of illness and suicide. Standing on the sidelines of this statistic is not an option for us because we are concerned about the welfare of our supporters! Physical, mental and emotional/spiritual health will be promoted, as you create healthy habits, which will increase your happiness and Improve wellness.We want you to live a full life with your families and friends, and have lots of fun doing it. So, join us as we embark on our journey to take great strides for life!

Important Update Regarding Healthy Strides for Longer Lives Initiatives

All events have been postponed due to very low participation from supporters. However, the contests and other awareness activities that are promoted on our Facebook page will continue.

NAMI Greater Indianapolis would like to know how we can provide services and social engagement activities that will help you in your recovery. We would like to approach the initiative differently by asking you what you need from us. Please send notes to the office, e-mail, post on our Facebook page, or call us and let us know….. because only you know what will be beneficial for your well-being. If we receive enough responses, we will take action. Thank you for continuing to be a part of this organization, and please let us know what you think.

ONGOING Activities


September 1st, 2016 to April 30th, 2017

Anyone who keeps 8 or more of their psychiatry, therapy, psychologist and mental health appointments in 8 months will be entered to win$100.00 Visa Gift Card. 3 winners will be randomly drawn. Also, for EVERYONE that keeps 8 appointments: If you choose, your name will be added to NAMI Greater Indianapolis’ new WALL of FAME for “Mental Health Commitment”!

Open to all persons

Make a nick name for yourself and put that nick name on the form. Each person must have attached form filled out by the front desk of the office they visit. Take form with you to each appointment.

Send your forms with nick name and address on envelope to NAMI Greater Indianapolis at:

941 E 86th, St#107, Indianapolis, IN 46240

When at least 8 appointments have been kept

Deadline for submission is May 15th, 2017

Take the form with you to each appointment

[Access form here] - go to form and click on the Print Page button at the very bottom of the page

Or print the attached file at the bottom of this page.


Weight Reduction Competition

Open to all persons 18years and older

Be a champion for your health

August 22nd, 2016 to February 20th, 2017

3 weigh-ins:

1. August 22, 2016 10am to 5:30pm at NAMI Indy office

2. November 21th, 2016 10am to 5:30pm at NAMI Indy office

3. February 20th 201710am to 5:30pm at NAMI Indy office

All participants must bring a doctor’s note clearing them for the competition to the first weigh-in on August 22nd, 2016. Any participant deemed by RN to be unhealthy in their weight loss will become disqualified. Each participant must go to doctor at least twice during weight loss competition, and bring proof of those visits to weigh-ins. Every participant must be present at each weigh-in to qualify to continue competition.

Person with the most weight lost will receive a champion’s trophy and gift card, and picture will be posted to Facebook if wanted…for bragging rights!

Along the journey, don’t forget to post your progress, frustrations, successes, etc. on Facebook. You will find support, encouragement and recipes along the way!


BYE-CYC-ILL Challenge for Youth

Say goodbye to poor health as you ride your bicycle for FUN! The challenge is to ride as often as possible, and along the way, creatively photo journal yourself having fun, getting fit, experiencing new sights and trying new things.

August 10th 2016 through October 31st, 2016


March 1st, 2017 through May 31st, 2017

Open to youth ages 6 through 17. If you are at least 6 years old and not 18 yet by August 10th, 2016, you are eligible to participate.

First, create a nick name for each participant to be used when posting photos to Facebook. When posting photos, the nick name must be included in the post (or we may not know whose points to tally!). Please post each participant in a family separately to Facebook, as not to confuse the judges.

Each month, post each participant’s pictures to the NAMI Greater Indianapolis Facebook page in an album, and we will tally the points for each rider that month. You want to post creative photos. All photos for each month are due by midnight on the last day of that month, or we will not add those points to the participant’s score. That would be a bummer!

The rider with the most points at the end of each three month challenge will win a $100.00 VISA gift card!

How points are accumulated:

Each ride is worth 5 points (only one ride/photo per day will be counted)

Creativity points:

(Only one creativity category counted per day)

Related to Mental Well-Being=3 pts.

Related to Physical, Exercise or Sports=2 pts.

Related to Spiritual Health=1 pt.

Extra Credit:

Each picture of participant helping a neighbor will earn them an extra 10 pts! The bike, rider and neighbor must be in photo. It is proven that persons who help others are happier, have more confidence to reach goals, and have better mental health!

No photos that are deemed dangerous will be accepted. This includes street photos.

GOOD LUCK!! Be Safe and have FUN! We can’t wait to see your photos and progress!

Throughout Healthy Strides for Longer Lives Initiatives, we will promote 1-800-QUIT-NOW, a smoking cessation program (80% success rate), have healthy recipes on FACEBOOK, Participate in Health Fairs and there will be FREE stuff. So, keep your eyes peeled and look to facebook, mailings and our webpage under “EVENTS”.