Healthiest State Initiative Annual Walk Registration Now Open

By Jami Haberl on Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Iowans encouraged to Walk More. Connect More.

DES MOINES, IA – The Healthiest State Initiative’s 7th 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 4, and the Healthiest State Initiative is asking Iowans to #GetYourWalkOn and walk for 30 minutes not just on October 4 but every day. The goal of this year’s walk is to have walks organized and registered in all 99 counties of Iowa.

“We all know that walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy but it’s also one of the best ways to connect with others.” said Jami Haberl, executive director for the Healthiest State Initiative. “Through walking with your friends, family or co-workers, you get to catch up, move your body and refresh your mind while building strong social connections.”

Those who sign up on behalf of their school, business or community can access walk resources, such as toolkits to help spread the word throughout their organization. To activate social media engagement, the Healthiest State encourages all participants to post a photo of themselves and use the hashtag #GetYourWalkOn. All participants are eligible to win weekly prizes if they like the page, share the post and tag two friends. Schools and communities will also have an opportunity to win a $1,000 to enhance the health and well-being of their school or community.  

“Delta Dental of Iowa is proud to be the presenting sponsor for the Healthiest State Walk,” said Jeff Russell, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Iowa. “As a health and wellness company, we understand the importance of preventive care 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 improve their overall 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