Iowans Walk in All 99 Counties in Support of Healthiest State Initiative
Iowans in every county of the state today voted with their feet in support of the Healthiest State Initiative, marking the first time in the Healthiest State Walk’s five-year history that organized walks were held in all of Iowa’s 99 counties.
“The annual Healthiest State Walk is a great opportunity for Iowans to show their continuing support for Iowa to become the healthiest state in the nation,” said Jeff Russell, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Iowa and co-chair of the 2015 Healthiest State Walk. “More than 1.1 million Iowans have participated in the previous four walks, and this year we wanted our focus to be on statewide participation.”
Russell said that the Healthiest State Initiative partnered with the State Fire Marshal Division to engage Iowans through the state. “With this year’s theme of ‘Walk at the Whistle,’ we encouraged schools, communities and businesses to coordinate walks with fire drills to increase awareness of fire safety and a healthier Iowa.”
Those efforts, including support from Live Healthy Iowa, helped lead to 880 walks being scheduled throughout the state, including at least one in every Iowa county.
County Roll Call
Whether you’re in the Loess Hills or closer to the Mississippi, we want to make sure Iowans in all 99 counties in Iowa have the opportunity to participate in a walk this year.
Check below to see the organized walks in your area — and we hope you’ll consider leading one if your county doesn’t have a walk yet!