Healthiest State Initiative will host its annual Fitness on the Hill at the Iowa State Fair

By Jami Haberl on Monday, August 7, 2017

The Iowa Healthiest State Initiative will partner with the Iowa Alliance of YMCAs to host its fourth annual “Fitness on the Hill” at the Iowa State Fair.

All ages are invited to join in a daily morning exercise led by YMCA instructors from across the state of Iowa. The event will be every morning from 9:30-10:00 a.m. and located on Expo hill at the State Fairgrounds.

“We are very excited to continue this partnership at the Iowa State fair,” said Craig, Executive Director, Iowa Alliance of YMCAs. “It is exciting to see so many people to represent different areas across Iowa to come together and get active together.”

Each morning, participants will be able to experience varying exercise led by a different instructor. For a full list of events, see table below. Expo Hill is located just east of the Cultural Center and near the Wind Turbine.

Fitness on the Hill is not only a great way to start off each morning being active, but also encourages everyone to take 30 minutes out of every day to do a physical activity and remain healthy.

“It is our mission to get every Iowan to become active for 30 minutes daily and Fitness on the Hill is a great opportunity to do this at a venue where you normally would not.” said Jami Haberl, Executive Director of Healthiest State Initiative.

The event is to help encourage an active lifestyle and helps showcase the Annual walk that will be held on October 4, 2017.

Each event and its sponsoring YMCA are listed below: 



Sponsored YMCA

Thursday, August 10  Yoga Greater Des Moines 
Friday, August 11 Yogalates Nishna Valley 
Saturday, August 12 Yoga Black Hawk County
Sunday, August 13 Yoga  Mason City 
Monday, August 14 Zumba Greater Des Moines 
Tuesday, August 15 Zumba Ottumwa
Wednesday, August 16 Zumba Greater Des Moines
Thursday, August 17 Yoga Marshalltown
Friday, August 18 Zumba Greater Des Moines
Saturday, August 19  Yoga Greater Des Moines
Sunday, August 20 Zumba Greater Des Moines


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