Tracking Progress

How's Iowa Doing? 

Together we are tracking and driving progress to improve the health of our state.

Check Out the Status of All the Indicators

The indicator outcomes for each goal area are included on the dashboard below. Further details and free programs and initiatives are included on each indicator’s individual page.

Indicator status (movement toward or away from the target) is indicated by color.

Green is improving


Yellow is little to no detectable change

Little to no detectable change

Red is getting worse 

Getting worse 

Gray is data pending

Data pending



Current Rate

2020 Target


Adults who are obese

32.1% 32.1% 29% Red
Youth who are obese 13.2%  13.2%  10% Gray

Adult Fruit and Vegetable Consumption 

Eat 5+ portions of fruits and vegetables each day 

13.5%  13.5%  20% Yellow

Adult Sugary Beverage Consumption

Drink regular soda or pop that contains sugar per day/week/ month 

39.4%  39.4%

Adult Sugary Beverage Consumption

Drink sweetened fruit drinks per day/ week/month 

60.5%  60.5%

Adult Physical Activity  

Participate in 150 minutes or more of aerobic physical activity per week 

48.8%  48.8% 47.9% Green

Youth Screen Time

Less than 2 hours of recreational screen time/day


Adult Tobacco Use  

Currently smoke

18.1% 18.1% 17.5% Yellow

Youth Tobacco Use

Youth who use tobacco

6.0% 6.0% 5.%  Yellow

Adult Volunteer

Adults who  volunteer

32.5% 32.5%

Adult Emotional Support 

Feel they get the social and emotional support they need


Adult Satisfaction

Satisfied with their life 

  • 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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  • Career and Internship Opportunities

    As a non-profit professional association, the Healthiest State Initiative seeks to share career opportunities within Iowa's health and well-being community.

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  • About

    Healthiest State Initiative is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization driven by the goal to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation.

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