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Physical activity among youth is linked to better physical, mental, and social health as well as better learning outcomes. Physical movement powers a culture of learning, health and happiness in Indiana schools and communities. That's why the 500 Festival and INSHAPE have partnered to launch Mini-Moves, a free program for Indiana teachers at any grade level, designed to inspire physical movement and instill lifelong healthy habits in Hoosier youth. Mini-Moves is more than classroom activities and lesson ideas, it’s the foundation of a fundamental change for our state, led by Hoosier kids and educators

Mini-Moves is produced by the 500 Festival, an Indiana nonprofit responsible for one of the nation’s largest half marathons – the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, in partnership with INSHAPE, a professional association for educators engaged in the promotion of quality health, physical education, recreation and sport in all Indiana schools. Both organizations are committed to leveraging the value of Indiana being the home of the Indy 500 and the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon to further a culture of running, walking and movement in grades K - 12.

How Does it Work?

Mini-Moves is a free in-school program created by teachers, for teachers, that inspires physical activity and lifelong healthy habits among Indiana’s youth. Mini-Moves consists of in-class activities and goal setting and culminates with an event to celebrate the joy of physical activity and achievement of your students. Each school determines the duration of the program in their school and their concluding event plans. Mini-Moves consists of:

  • Customizable Activities & Materials : Different materials, activities and resources are available for students of any age – from elementary to high school.
  • Turbocharged Experiences: Leverage the value of Indiana being home of the Indy 500 to inspire students! From class rewards, to resources and grants for professional development, the opportunities are fast paced and exciting!
  • Celebration Event: The culmination of the program, a celebration event encourages students to celebrate the joy of movement – today and for a lifetime.
  • Fundraising: The celebration event provides the opportunity to raise funds specifically for the advancement of your school’s PE program, in addition to supporting physical education across Indiana. 100% of funds raised will stay in Indiana!

Register For The 2019 / 2020 Mini-Moves Program

Registration for the 2019 / 2020 Mini-Moves Program will open August 13, 2019 and is available to all Indiana educators teaching students in grades K-12.


Contact Adrianne Johnson, Mini-Moves Program Coordinator
317-269-0418 |
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