2018 Healthiest State Annual Walk a success!

posted on Thursday, October 4, 2018

Thousands of Iowans participate in Annual Walk

Winners of school, community contests announced

Thousands of Iowans supported the Healthiest State Initiative with 30 minutes of walking on October 3. More than 800 walks were registered by leaders in Iowa schools, workplaces, communities and organizations.

“I would like to thank all of the Iowans who organized Healthiest State Walks in their communities,” said Jeff Russell, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Iowa and co-chair of the walk committee. “We all know that Iowa was recently ranked the #1 state in the nation, but we still have work to do to become the healthiest state. Walking is one of the ways we can make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation.”

The Healthiest State Annual Walk, presented by Delta Dental of Iowa, saw participation across the state. This is the fourth consecutive year in the walk’s eight-year history that organized walks were held in all of Iowa’s 99 counties.


In the month leading up to the Healthiest State Walk, the Healthiest State Initiative hosted contests on social media, including a community contest, and the Mascot Challenge. We are excited to announce that our 2018 Mascot Challenge winner is Odebolt Arthur Battle Creek Ida Grove High School  and our community winner is Muscatine. Each will receive $1,000 towards a health and wellness project at their school and community.

The Healthiest State Annual Walk also served as a kick-off to Healthiest State Month. Throughout October, the Healthiest State Initiative and partner organizations will celebrate 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!, a scientifically-proven program that helps keeps kids healthy by focusing on good habits. Learn more at www.IowaHealthiestState.com/HSImonth.  

CELEBRATE IN OCTOBER: Download a Healthiest State Month toolkit