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Annual Awards

Award Applications Now Closed

Stay tuned! Awards finalists will be announced on March 6, 2023

The Healthiest State Awards is the prestigious annual recognition to celebrate communities, early care, education, health care, individuals,  out-of-school programs, workplaces and youth for implementing best practices to support the physical, social and mental well-being of Iowans. 

The Categories Include:

Early Care Award 
Presented by Iowa Department of Health and Human Services

Nominate an early care provider (child care center, preschool, in-home day care) that has implemented policy, system and environmental changes that have improved the overall well-being of the students and staff! 

Education Award 
Presented by HealthPartners UnityPoint Health

Nominate a K-12 school (private or public) that has implemented policy, system and environmental changes that have improved the overall well-being of the teachers, staff and students!

Health Care Award 
Presented by Iowa Medical Society

Nominate a health care clinic, provider or leader who is working every day to ensure every child in their care has access to and is motivated to make healthy choices for a happy & healthy life. Self-nominations encouraged!

Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark Community Award 

Is your community helping citizens lead healthy lives? Do you think your community should be acknowledged for the great things it is doing to make the healthy choice the easy choice for residents?  Learn more about Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark here

Individual Impact Award 
Presented by Malvern Bank

Do you know an individual who has sparked change and/or is using innovative approaches at the local, regional or state level to improve the physical, social or emotional well-being of Iowans? Nominate them!

Out-of-School Award 
Presented by the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services

Nominate an out-of-school program (after-school program, day camp, youth recreational clubs) that has implemented policy, system and environmental changes that have improved the overall well-being of participants! 

Workplace Award 

Nominate a business (includes for-profit, nonprofit, government or colleges/universities) for implementing changes that improve the well-being of their employees. Awards will be categorized based on the number of employees at your workplace. 

Youth Power Award 
Presented by Holmes Murphy

Nominate someone you know that is 18 years old or younger, or a group of youth, who has gone above and beyond to inspire change in their fellow youth around issues regarding physical, social or emotional well-being of Iowans!

Finalists will be recognized during the 2023 Healthiest State Workplace Wellbeing Conference and the 2023 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! Summit.

2022 AWARD WINNERS

Check in with our 2022 Healthiest State Award winners. Each received a monetary award to continue their efforts to create healthier environments for their students, employees and fellow citizens. See how they spent their prize funds!


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