2020 Annual Awards: Winners announced!

Winners from across the state are leading the efforts to improve the physical, social and emotional well-being of Iowans! 

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Access the Make It OK: Employer Toolkit

Join an elite group of workplaces in the Iowa who are committed to reducing mental illness stigma. 

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5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!

Make the healthy choice the easy choice at your school, early care site, after-school program or in your home.

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Get free fruits and vegetables with Double Up Food Bucks

If you have a SNAP card, you can double your purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables at participating grocery stores and farmers markets across the state.

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Let's make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation

By engaging worksites, communities, child care providers, schools and individuals, we can inspire Iowans to improve their health and happiness, and ultimately achieve our goal.

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According to the 2017 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®, Iowa is #21 in the nation when it comes to being physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy. Our ranking has moved since the Initiative was announced, but our overall well-being score has been fairly constant the past five years.

To claim the #1 spot, we have work to do. It’s an ambitious goal, but with your help, we can change Iowa and show the rest of the nation the road to wellness.


Becoming the healthiest state in the nation is no easy task, but Iowans have the dedication and drive to pull it off. Let's get to it!

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The Healthiest State Initiative promotes health and well-being by contributing to programs that make it easier for Iowans to live healthier.

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