Healthiest State Annual Awards

By Lauren Kollauf on Monday, February 18, 2019

Work of winners, finalists showcased in videos

The Healthiest State Annual Awards on Feb. 7 recognized Iowans from across the state who are working to make the healthy choice the easy choice for their students, employees and citizens. 


AWARDS: See a full list of winners | See photo gallery

While winners in each category were announced, the highlight of the evening was showcasing the efforts of each finalist. Each school, workplace and individual submitted a short video to be shown during the event.

Take a look at each video below:


Irving Elementary (Waterloo) - WINNER

Pierce Elementary (Cedar Rapids)


Jessica Wegner - WINNER

Kris Kavanaugh 

Katie Sandquist 

Small Workplace

POET Biorefining (Hanlontown) - WINNER

Merchants Bonding Company

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission

Medium Workplace

Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital & Clinics - WINNER
DLL Finance

Smithfield Hog Production - Midwest Region 

Large Workplace

Des Moines University - WINNER

Kemin Industries

Meredith Corporation


There were nine finalists in the Healthy Hometown, powered by Wellmark, Community Award category. Read more about the finalists' accomplishments, including winners Knoxville, Mason City and Algona, here

Each winner was granted a monetary gift to continue their work focused on improving the health and wellbeing of their employees, students or citizens. The Healthiest State Annual Awards were sponsored by Hy-Vee, Inc., Wellmark Blue Cross® and Blue Shield®, Iowa Medical Society and Capital City Fruit.