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IHI Offers “Geek Your Health” Fitness Events

Geek Your Health Flyer

September 13, 2019— NKU's Institute for Health Innovation (IHI) launches the Geek Your Health fitness classes, in partnership with the Campbell County Library. Events are themed around popular television shows, comics, films and video games– like Harry Potter and Spider Man. 

Participants are encouraged to “let their geek flag fly” by wearing fandom themed workout gear and talking about their favorite fandoms before, during and after classes. Everyone will receive a themed workbook to encourage self-reflection and personal tracking, as well as a chance to earn points for fun prizes.

“Kentucky has the eighth highest adult obesity rate in the nation, so this is a larger health challenge our region needs to address. By incorporating pop culture, this will reach the people who may find fitness classes intimidating. We hope it inspires them to join us and help to improve our region’s fitness,” said Carolyn Noe, IHI program director.

Geek Your Health Events:

Harry Potter Yoga

September 29, 2 – 3 p.m.

Newport Public Library, Presidents Room Lower Level

Come with your inner magic and wands at the ready! Join us for an easy and playful yoga flow that will ignite your personal patronus. No previous wizarding yoga experience required, but just the willingness to participate and bring your magic to life! Presented by NKU, Campbell County Public Library and The Yoga Bar.

Stranger Things 80’s Dance Fitness

October 27, 1-2 p.m.

Newport Public Library, Presidents Room Lower Level

Dance your way through fitness with a workout that combines dance moves with high intensity fitness moves to create a cardiovascular exercise you will love so much; you'll forget you're working out. Even better, you’ll get down to classic 80’s prom songs inspired by Stranger Things. Bring water and your favorite nerdy or 80’s inspired workout clothes. Presented by VIBE Dance Fitness and NKU.

Shape Up Like Spider-Man

November 24, 4-5 p.m.

Fort Thomas Armory

Learn to move like Spider-Man with this functional fitness class from the parkour professionals at Swift Movement Studio in Cincinnati! This introductory session will get you climbing, jumping, and equip your essential skills to safely traverse obstacles. Improve your strength and confidence while learning new skills by stepping outside of your comfort zone. You'll be swinging like Spider-Man before you know it!


The Institute for Health Innovation (IHI) is working to address many layers of health challenges in our communities. Through funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, the IHI is working in Owen County, KY to address barriers to opioid use disorder services access. The IHI is also working with local K-12 students to prepare them as our region’s future health science workers. On-campus field trips provide students with real-life health care experiences and exposure to a wide variety of health career paths. The Teen Health Science Café program works with local high schools to provide an informal environment for students to meet real, local scientists and engineers.

Registration is required for any of the Geek Your Health events. Sign up for events at the Campbell County Library’s website:

About the Campbell County Public Library: The Campbell County Public Library is a countywide library system with locations in Newport, Fort Thomas, Cold Spring and Alexandria. Download our app for easy access to library services and digital branch materials.  Free library cards are available for all ages with photo ID and proof of residence. We have movies, music, magazines, video games and books for all ages, plus free Wi-Fi and internet access on public computers.  Individuals may reserve use of small conference and study rooms.  Check it all out at

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit