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Wellmark and the Healthiest State Initiative are working to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation and enhance the well-being of Iowa residents. Whether it’s planting community gardens, making your town more walkable, or volunteering, Healthy Hometown is here to help.

So, what can we do?

Healthy Hometown has three paths communities can follow to make improvements: eat well, move more, feel better. Improvements can be made in a number of places: schools, worksites, community organizations, etc. If you're willing to do the work, we'll put you on the right path.

Examples of ways you can improve your community include:*

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Eat Well

  • Healthy vending options
  • Community or school gardens
  • Encourage non-food fundraisers

Move More

  • Develop a complete streets policy — improving walkability and bikeability
  • Physical activity breaks for school children
  • Identify safe walking routes

Feel Better

  • Create volunteer opportunities
  • Start a wellness committee
  • Establish nicotine-free areas

* Just an example of more than 100 evidence-based possibilities.

Get assistance from the experts

Experts are available to help in prioritizing and implementing a plan to make healthy choices available and easy for residents to adopt. All of this is available at no cost. Click Get Assistance to fill out the form and take the next step.

Get assistance from the experts

Your work. Your pace.

Not interested in in-person assistance? You can do this on your own. Take the online self-assessment to help identify what your community, worksite or school is currently doing well and what else can be done to make the healthy choice the easy choice. After you complete the assessment, a customized report will detail ways to make positive, lasting changes and resources that can help you.

Take the self-assessment

Committed to community improvement — community successes

Have you been wondering what it takes to become a Healthy Hometown? Click on the images to learn more about the work these three communities did to earn the 2018 Healthy Hometown Community award.

Read 2018 Cedar Rapids' healthy success story
Read 2018 Mason City's healthy success story
Read 2018 Sioux City's healthy success story
2019 Healthy Hometown Community Award

Healthy Hometown and Healthiest State Initiative will announce the 2019 Healthy Hometown Community award winner(s) Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 during the 2nd Annual Healthiest State Initiative Awards event at the Ron Pearson Center in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Learn more about the Healthy Hometown Community Award.

Contact us

Still wondering if Healthy Hometown is right for your community? We are happy to help answer any questions. All you need to do is fill out the form and one of our experts will contact you. If you'd prefer, you can give us a call at 515-376-4401 or email us at Send Email.

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