Health Care Educational Programs

Health Care Educational Programs adhere to a medically sound, widely employed, and structured curriculum. Quarterly, the NIHHC offers various preventative, 5 to 6 session-long, health care programs that follow proven curriculums for children and adults.

The programs focus on educating families and promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviors, including how to make changes in dieting habits and exercise to reduce the incidence of risk factors associated with heart disease, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Please visit our Events page to find out more information about upcoming Health Care Educational Programs in your area. You can also contact us by phone at 574-522-0966 or by email.

Are you interested in any of our programs? Please fill out the contact form below and select the program you are interested in.

Felipa Avelino, one of the participants of this program stated,

DSC03194I like this class a lot. We have the chance to express our feelings and hardships that we face sometimes in this country. This program benefits the entire family and we need to take advantage of programs like this in our community.”

Laura Lucero, a participant of the Bienvenido program, said,

 “This is the first time that I have been in a class organized by the NIHHC and it has been very helpful to attend with my husband. We are learning about ways to overcome challenges and problems that couples may face.”


Ernestina Reyes, a participant of the Bienvenido program said, 


“I enjoy going to class, it is very fun and relaxing. You learn new things that you can later apply in your personal and family life.”


Gloria, one of the participants of the Bienvenido program said, 

“The classes were very helpful; I wish they could last longer. There are a lot of topics we can talk about as a class to help us have better communication with our families.”

Ernestina Reyes, a participant of the Bienvenido program said, 


“I enjoy going to class, it is very fun and relaxing. You learn new things that you can later apply in your personal and family life.”


is focused on changing poor habits through techniques taught to manage stress, frustration, fatigue, and pain. This program follows a curriculum developed by Stanford University.

A program attendee stated,

DSCN0910“I can now identify my problem more clearly: I had very low self-esteem and I felt sad all the time. I also liked the part of the different forms of exercise, now all of us as a family go for walks together and it has united us more.”


Another program attendee stated,

hlhcec_11“This class has helped me to improve the relationship with my family and has increased my self-esteem.”

The goal is to increase the participants’ knowledge in preventing or treating diabetes, especially since Hispanics are twice as likely to have diabetes compared to non-Hispanics. It follows the curriculum of the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Maria Rangel, one of the participants of this program said, 

nihhc_august18fair_121“Even though I have been in other diabetes classes offered by other people, I was able to learn many new things about diabetes care thanks to the NIHHC. I thank the NIHHC for their support and for their efforts to bring programs like this to Ligonier. Distance and lack of transportation make it more difficult for us to benefit from services like this.”


Galdina Vasquez, Community Member from Goshen 

I have attended the NIHHC’s events and classes for 5 years. Thanks to them, I learned about my diabetes; and their educational programs have taught me to eat healthier and make exercise a part of my daily routine. Thanks to them, I have my diabetes under control and invite the community to participate in their health fairs. They are free and can make a difference in your life. Early detection saved my life.”


teaches techniques to improve family nutrition to families on a budget. It follows the USDA and Purdue University curriculum.

Leonor Ponce, one of the participants stated, 

DSC04499“I appreciate these class sessions very much; I have committed myself to change my family’s recipes and to make them healthier.”

This curriculum, created by the NIHHC, teaches students about the heart, nutrition, and exercise. The 6-session program includes hands-on activities, with the final goal of preventing childhood obesity by providing the tools and knowledge needed to make healthier decisions.

A Harrison Elementary school instructor stated,

“The students were quite motivated during the Healthy Hearts program. I was impressed to find that this was one of the first set of lessons presented. Because of the smoothness, I assumed this had been presented many times before –Impressive!” 

Daniel Moya, facilitator and main trainer for the Healthy Hearts Program 

“The NIHHC offers a unique service in the community, serving immigrants and low- income families through educational programs. A healthy community and a culturally diverse community such as our people of Northern Indiana, is the base for a strong and just society. The NIHHC plays a key role in this, and they need all the help from the community, and any financial support from foundations or private agencies, in order to do so.”

Linda Moore, teacher from Warsaw Community Schools 

“The NIHHC did a wonderful job of teaching the students in my classroom how to be healthy. They used visual cards, hands on learning’s, and games to engage the students in the lessons. Students were given valuable information and taught life skills that will enable them to make healthy choices as they grow older.”

Susan Ramsey, teacher from Warsaw Community Schools 

“The NIHHC presented interesting and well-planned lessons to our 82 4th graders that helped them understand the importance of eating healthy and getting exercise. The children enjoyed the hands on activities that helped them to learn the amount of sugar, salt, and fat in processed foods.”

 5th grade student who participated in the Healthy Hearts Program,

I packed vegetables, fruits, grains, and proteins in my lunch for today.”

4th grade student who participated in the Healthy Hearts program stated,

“I used to not like white milk—just chocolate milk, but after trying the banana-strawberry smoothie to-day.. mmm!! I can’t believe how good it is.”


 One Healthy Hearts instructor stated,

Each session students brought new questions and were excited to learn. Their active participation and testimonies are evidence that the program is relevant, important, and made a difference!”


teaches the risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases and stroke. It follows the curriculum of the American Heart Association. 

Dr. Loaciga, from Alivio Medical Center,

DSCN0907donated his time as our main facilitator of the Search Your Heart Program, and we thank him for supporting the NIHHC to offer this program to the community. He states, “It was a nice surprise to see how many people attended the classes and how interested they were in each session. Being part of this program was gratifying, especially because there are many people who are interested in preventing/controlling their health issues, but they rarely find agencies such as the NIHHC who speak their language and who can respond to their questions/doubts in a professional and uncomplicated way.”

promotes good oral health, follows the American Dental Association curriculum, and is intended for children in 2nd through 6th grade.

The students genuinely enjoyed the class—as one student expressed,
“This class is fun!”
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