The Healthiest State Initiative is a privately led public initiative intended to inspire Iowans and their communities throughout the state to improve their health and happiness. To achieve our goal, individuals, families, businesses, faith-based organizations, not-for-profits and the public sector will unite in a community-focused effort to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation.
To measure our progress, we use the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®. In 2016, Iowa ranked as the 16th healthiest state in the nation. Our ranking has moved higher since the Initiative was announced, but we have still have work to do to claim the #1 spot.