Iowa Capitol

Annual Awards

On February 15, 2018, the Healthiest State will hold the premier annual event for Iowans leading efforts to transform the culture of health and well-being at Hy-Vee's Ron Pearson Center. 

Since overall health and well-being is greatly influenced by where we live, learn, work and play, the Healthiest State Initiative created the annual awards to recognize workplaces, schools, communities and individuals for advancing efforts to improve the physical, social and emotional well-being of their employees, students and citizens.

Healthiest State Award Categories

  • Small Workplace (less than 49 employees)
  • Large Workplace (more than 50 employees)
  • Small K-12 Schools (less than 999 students) 
  • Large K-12 Schools (more than 1,000 students) 
  • Individual
  • Community - Healthy HometownSM powered by Wellmark (follow separate nomination process outlined under Healthy Hometown powered by Wellmark Award Application section below)

Award Rules

  • Nominations are open to the public and self-nominations are encouraged.
  • All applications must be submitted electronically at: www.iowahealthieststate.com/awards. Hard copies will not be accepted.
  • The top three finalists for each award will receive recognition at the Healthiest State Annual Awards on February 15, 2018 at Hy-Vee Ron Pearson Conference Center in West Des Moines. 
  • The top three finalists for each award will be required to submit additional information to verify the nomination. 
  • Award finalists will have three weeks to provide a 30-second introduction video capturing the essence of their nomination. Professional videos are not required.
  • One overall winner will be selected for each category. The winners will receive an award and monetary donation to support continued health and well-being improvements for their workplace, school or community.
  • Nominations will be reviewed and scored by the Healthiest State Engagement Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.
  • The Healthiest State reserves all rights for award decisions.


Small and Large Business Award Application

Submissions should be for workplaces, including for profit, nonprofit, government, or colleges/universities; and can demonstrate how the workplace has made policy, systems and environment changes that align with the Healthiest State's mission of improving the physical, social and emotional well-being of Iowans.

There are two workplace awards, one to recognize small businesses (49 or less employees) and another to recognize large businesses (50 or more employees). 

Note: Applicants are required to complete the Healthiest State Workplace Assessment available at no cost at https://assessment.iowahealthieststate.com

Tip: Have all of the information you need to complete the award application as you will not be able to save and return to the draft at a later time. 

Click to Apply


Small and Large K-12 School Award Application

Submissions should be for K-12 schools, including elementary, middle, high schools or a combination; and can demonstrate how the school has made policy, systems and environment changes that align with the Healthiest State’s mission of improving the physical, social and emotional well-being of Iowans.  

There are two K-12 school awards, one to recognize small schools (999 or less students) and another to recognize large schools (1,000 or more students). 

Note: Applicants are required to complete the  Assessment available at no cost at https://assessment.iowahealthieststate.com

Tip: Have all of the information you need to complete the award application as you will not be able to save and return to the draft at a later time. 

Click to Apply


Impact Leadership Award Application

Submissions should be for an individual who has sparked change and/or is using innovative approaches at the local level to improve the physical, social or emotional well-being of Iowans. 

Tip: Have all of the information you need to complete the award application as you will not be able to save and return to the draft at a later time. 

Click to Apply


Healthy Hometown powered by Wellmark Award Application

To be eligible for 2018 Healthy Hometown designation the community must have implemented at least four Healthy Hometown tactics. Communities that are participating in Healthy Hometown consultation with Wellmark that have completed at least four tactics will automatically be nominated.  Other communities wishing to apply may contact HealthyHometown@wellmark.com for assistance in determining tactic completion.  All communities that have completed four tactics will be considered nominees and will be acknowledged at the Award Event.   

If a community wants guidance on tactics to implement and receive information on how to approach tactic implementation they can complete the Healthiest State Healthy Hometown Community assessment at https://assessment.iowahealthieststate.com


Nominations must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on November 30, 2017. Finalists will be announced January 8, 2018.


Thank you to our sponsors: 

HyVee Wellmark