Making Progress in Iowa

Progress Tracker

How's Iowa Doing? 

Together we are tracking and driving progress to improve the health of our state.

Given the many different health-related measurements available, what is the best way to compare Iowa to other states in order to determine our progress towards becoming the healthiest state in the nation?

The process to benchmark a state is both complex and challenging. However, to make a convenient and measurable comparison, the Healthiest State Initiative is monitoring two national indexes (found below) as a guide to measuring our long-term progress. In addition, HSI will also focus on the progress of the specific goals set within the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! 

Although both indexes measure some similar health components, the methodologies of each vary greatly and, subsequently, provide different results on state rankings. Because the definition of ‘health’ is very broad (e.g. physical, social, emotional, etc.), the Healthiest State Initiative desires to review and benchmark both indexes when evaluating the health of all Iowans. 

Note: Due to limited data available on youth (under 18 years of age), the dashboard includes data specific to Iowans 18 years of age and older. As data on youth becomes available, it will be incorporated as appropriate. 

Overall Rankings

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Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index
Iowa ranks 26 of 50 states for overall well-being.


The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index® provides an in-depth, nearly real-time view of American's well-being – at the community, state, and national levels. The Well-Being Index measures American's perceptions of their lives and their daily experiences through five interrelated elements that make up well-being: sense of purpose, social relationships, financial security, relationship to community and physical health. To learn more about the methodology of the Well-Being Index, you can visit this site.

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America's Health Rankings
Iowa ranks 20 of 50 states for overall well-being.


America's Health Rankings® is another index ranking of states on health components found from various sources. This ranking is built upon the World Health Organization definition of health: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Individual measures found in America's Health Rankings are divided into five categories; a health outcomes category and four categories of health determinants: behaviors, community & environment, policy, and clinical care. To learn more about the methodology of this index, you can visit this site.

Key Indicators

The Healthiest State Initiative is following four key indicators: Obesity, Eat Well, Move More, and Feel Better. Click on the boxes below to learn more.