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Join us at the Healthiest State Annual Awards!

Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Healthiest State Annual Awards! Join us as we recognize the amazing work that individuals, schools, workplaces, and communities from across the state are doing to improve the physical, social and emotional well-being of Iowans. 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019

5:00 - 7:00 PM (DOORS OPEN AT 4:30 PM)

HY-VEE'S RON PEARSON CENTER | WEST DES MOINES

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Heavy hors d'oeuvres are included in the ticket price ($25 for individual / $190 for table) and a cash bar will be available. Dress is business professional.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

vanVan Harden

Van Harden, longtime co-host of popular WHO Radio show “Van & Bonnie in the Morning,” lost more than 100 pounds over an eight-month time period in 2015 and 2016 through regular exercise and an improved diet. 

Since 2016, Harden has maintained his weight loss and encouraged listeners to join him at monthly “Walk with Van” events in Des Moines.

He wrote a book about his weight-loss experience, “How You Look and How You Feel: Personal Transformation,” which will be available for purchase at the event.

We are excited for Van to share his inspirational story with attendees as they keynote speaker at the 2019 Healthiest State Annual Awards!

AWARD FINALISTS: 

Each finalist will be recognized and winners from each category will be announced at the Healthiest State Annual Awards ceremony. 

The finalists in the six categories include:

Community

  • Algona
  • Altoona
  • Cass County
  • Clinton
  • Farragut
  • Forest City
  • Knoxville
  • Mason City
  • Sergeant Bluff

Individual

  • Kris Kavanaugh
  • Katie Sandquist
  • Jessica Wegner

Education

  • Ankeny Community Schools
  • Irving Elementary (Waterloo)
  • Pierce Elementary (Cedar Rapids)

Workplace

Small

  • Merchants Bonding Company
  • POET Biorefining (Hanlontown)
  • Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission

Medium

  • DLL Financial
  • Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital
  • Smithfield Hog Production

Large

  • Des Moines University
  • Kemin Industries
  • Meredith Corporation

LOOK BACK AT 2018: Here's last year's Healthiest State Award winners used their prize money to improve the communities in which they live, work and learn! 


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