Thank you for walking with us in 2022!

The Annual Walk is an opportunity to join thousands of other Iowans statewide in walking for 30 minutes. Workplaces, schools, organizations and cities are all encouraged to register a walk! 

Being physically active is one of the most important steps that people of all ages and abilities can take to improve their health. Walking is an easy, accessible and affordable way to improve your physical, mental and social health.


2022 Healthiest State Annual Walk Challenge Winners

League of Cities Iowa Cities Walking Challenge Winner

In 2022, the Healthiest State Initiative partnered with the Iowa League of Cities to create the Iowa Cities Walking Challenge. Participating cities were invited to register a walk and see who could register the highest percentage of their population for the walk. With 40% of their population registered, the first ever winner is Breda! The city of Breda will receive $1,000 towards continued health and wellness initiatives in their community. The Healthiest State team and Board President Jeff Russell attended the Breda walk to celebrate their win. Congrats Breda!

School Mascot Challenge Winner

In the weeks leading up to the Healthiest State Annual Walk, the Healthiest State Initiative hosted the School Mascot Challenge on social media. We are excited to announce that our 2022 Mascot Challenge winner is Ogden Community School District! Ogden CSD will receive $1,000 towards a health and wellness project at their school and community. The finals matchup between 2021 winner IKM-Manning and Ogden was close, with just 13 votes separating the two schools in the end!

Community Walk Mini Grant Recipient

Earlier this month, the Healthiest State Initiative, and the Iowa Parks & Recreation Association (IPRA) partnered to provide a mini grant opportunity for IPRA members to receive funding to support the Healthiest State Annual Walk event and walkability efforts in their community. The winner was recognized at the IPRA Fall Workshop on October 5. Congratulations to Dallas Center! Their community will receive $500 towards a community wellness project, and we can’t wait to share the completed project in 2023!

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