Iowa Healthiest State - Walking

Annual Walk Resources


Templates to assist you with coordinating a successful walk for your community, school/youth organization or worksite. 




Stock Photos 

To assist with promotion of the annual walk we have provided access to stock photos via Dropbox. If you are unable to access Dropbox please contact us at 

Order Annual Walk T-Shirts 

Order Healthiest State Walk team t-shirts!

This 5.3-ounce, 100% cotton T-shirt available in Graphite Heather, Purple or White features the "Healthiest State Initiative" logo imprinted on the front chest and the "Walk More. Connect More." logo imprinted on the back. 

Orders must be placed by no later than September 19 at Cost of t-shirt varies with quantities ordered. 

Walk Logo and Brand Guidelines

Walk More. Connect More. Annual Walk Logo (via Dropbox) 

Brand Guidelines 

2017 Contests


The Healthiest State Initiative is having weekly giveaways during our Walk More, Connect More campaign! Starting on July 10, 2017, Iowan’s have the chance to win a prize by following these 3 simple steps on our weekly giveaway Facebook post:

  • LIKE our Facebook page
  • SHARE our giveaway post
  • Tag 2 of your friends!

It’s that easy. One winner will be chosen each week!


Win $1,000 for YOUR community this summer by getting your walk on! 

How to enter: 

  • Post a photo of yourself or with friends walking on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  • Use the hashtag #GetYourWalkOn 
  • Tag the Healthiest State Initiative 
  • Tag the community you want to win the prize 

The winning community will be chosen at random to win $1,000 to help the community to start or fund projects that encourage a healthier community. The more you #GetYourWalkOn and post, the better chance for you to win to give back to your community. Winner will be announced after the October 4, 2017 Annual Walk.

The Healthiest State Initiative will hold a check presentation for the winning community at a later date.


K-12 schools across the state can register for our annual School Mascot Challenge. In commemoration of our Walk More, Connect More campaign, the first 32 schools to register walks on the Healthiest State Initiative website will compete in a bracket style challenge via Facebook for a chance to win $1,000 and bragging rights for their school.

Each week from September 7 to October 4, Iowans will be able to vote for their favorite mascot on Facebook until a final winner is crowned. Win back for your school to help start or fund healthy incentive projects.

The Healthiest State Initiative will hold a check presentation for the winning school at a later date.


Live Healthy Iowa Kids is excited to once again be joining forces with the Healthiest State Initiative, to continue our efforts in support of healthy and active kids in Iowa.  We are partnering to promote physical activity on Oct. 4 by encouraging Iowa schools and youth organizations to 'Walk More. Connect More', as part of the annual Healthiest State Walk.

In addition, Live Healthy Iowa Kids will be awarding 10 - $100 mini-grants to help support walk events on Oct. 4.  The funding opportunity is open to Iowa schools and youth organizations who have registered a 2017 walk event at  Applications must be received by September 22, at 5:00 pm.  Grant details can be found at

Contest Rules:

General rules: No purchase is necessary to enter or win. You may be disqualified from participating or voting in the competition if the Healthiest State Initiative believes, in its sole discretion, that you may be tampering with the legitimate operation of the contest, circumventing the intended operation of the contest, in anyway acting in an unsportsmanlike manner, or using the contest facilities to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

The Healthiest State Initiative reserves the right to make decisions regarding eligibility and voting. All such decisions are final. Employees and board members of the Healthiest State Initiative are not eligible to vote.

School rules: School personnel may register a group walk by visiting the Iowa Healthiest State website ( and clicking on “Healthiest State Walk”, then “Organize a Group Walk” and choosing the “School” type in the dropdown menu.

The Healthiest State Initiative will automatically enter the first 32 schools that register a group walk into the voting competition. Voting will take place through the Healthiest State Initiative’s Facebook page, available at Anyone at least 14 years of age with a Facebook account may vote once per round. The school with the most votes in the final round will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

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