It was a Day of Community Service for employees from IU Health Starke Hospital Friday at Wythogan Park in Knox.
Approximately 50 volunteers from the hospital took four hours to install exercise equipment at the park as a way to help residents get moving and improve wellness.
IU Health Starke Hospital Interim President Jared Beasley believes this will be a great way to help improve health in Starke County.
“Our mission is to improve the health of our patients and community,” said Beasley. “This is an opportunity for not only our colleagues to get out of the office and get them moving and have some time together, but also to provide an area for our community to exercise and improve their own wellness.”
The new equipment being installed will help those interested in strength training to go along with the cardiovascular training in the park.
The hospital was also instrumental in installing a sidewalk in the park.
“It’s an opportunity for us to just provide easier access to the park itself. We try to be strategic with how we use our resources in ways that make better access to wellness opportunities. That’s all part of that thinking and all part of the way we execute our mission,” said Beasley.
Park Superintendent George Byer added that the hospital purchased a few new picnic benches for the park.
To help keep the volunteers moving, steel drum music was provided by professional percussionist, Kent Arnsbarger.