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 by 2016.
To measure our progress, we use the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®, which tracks six areas, or “domains,” that comprise our well-being. In 2013, Iowa ranked as the 10th Healthiest State in the Nation. While this ranking puts us in the top 20 percent of the country and is an improvement over our ranking of #19 when the Initiative was announced, we can do better.