About Iowa Healthiest State


The Healthiest State Initiative is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization driven by the goal to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. By engaging worksites, communities, schools, retail food, organizations, institutions and individuals, we can inspire Iowans and their communities to improve their health and happiness, and ultimately achieve our goal.

The best health insurance is healthy living. 

Why Does This Matter? 

  • Good health enriches the lives of Iowans and the state's economy. As the health of Iowans declines, this impacts the individual and their family, their place of work, the community they live in and ultimately the entire state. 

  • One catastrophic illness that might have been prevented or better managed can wipe out a family's finances, leading to family instability, homelessness or job loss. 

  • This trickles to the community through the loss of public engagement, reduced revenue for essential public services, and higher costs associated with the social safety net. 

See our Latest Annual Report:

  • 2019 saw great momentum in our effort to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. There’s still work to be done, but here’s how we’re making strides forward:

‚ÄčAnnual Report

  • Leadership

    The Healthiest State Initiative is supported by dedicated members of the community serving on the board of directors, as well as a team of dedicated and passionate staff.

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  • Investors

    Our investors don't just invest in the Healthiest State Initiative, they fundamentally understand and support that improving the well-being in Iowa would mean Iowans living happier, healthier lives.

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  • Approach

    The Healthiest State Initiative aims to become the healthiest state in the nation by improving the physical, social and emotional well-being of Iowans.

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