Healthiest State Initiative Annual Walk Open For Registration

posted on Monday, August 1, 2016

Iowans encouraged to step it up to thirty minutes

DES MOINES, IA – The Healthiest State Initiative’s 6th annual state-wide walk, presented by Delta Dental of Iowa, is now open for registration. Schools, worksites, communities, colleges and universities from all over Iowa can go online at to register and join in on the fun!

This year’s state-wide walk lands on Wednesday, October 5, and the Healthiest State Initiative is asking Iowans to #StepItUp to 30 minutes of walking from the 1K walk that was done previously, reflecting the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action. The goal of this year’s walk is to have walks organized and registered in all 99 counties of Iowa.

“Six years ago we launched the annual walk with the theme “Start Somewhere” encouraging Iowans to walk a 1K,” said Jami Haberl, Executive Director of the Healthiest State Initiative. “This year we are asking Iowans to “Step It Up” and take the 1K to thirty minutes. Just thirty minutes of walking a day can improve one’s overall physical, social and emotional well-being.”

Those who sign up on behalf of their school, business or community can access walk resources, such as toolkits for spreading the word throughout their organization. To activate social media engagement, the Healthiest State has created “Why I Walk” pledge forms and various social media contests where a school and a community are able to win a $1,000 prize, and individuals will be entered in a drawing to win giftcards.  

“Delta Dental of Iowa is proud to be the presenting sponsor for the Healthiest State Walk for three years,” says Jeff Russell, President and CEO of Delta Dental of Iowa. “As a health and wellness company, we see the impact of prevention and taking charge of your health every day. Whether it’s getting a preventive dental exam, vision exam, or simply walking 30 minutes a day – we support Iowans taking steps to take charge of their health. Working together, I have no doubt that Iowa can become the healthiest state in the nation.”

For more walk information and register a walk, visit


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. For more information, visit