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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.

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Committed to community improvement — community successes

Healthy Hometown continues to use proven strategies to help communities change the environment to make healthy choices easier in both Iowa and South Dakota. Find out how Manning, Waverly and West Union earned 2020 Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark Community Awards.

2020 Healthy Manning
2020 Healthy Waverly
2020 Healthy West Union

Previous winners

Find out what positive changes these communities have made to earn the Healthy Hometown Community Award in 2018 and 2019.

2020 Healthy Hometown Community Award

The Healthy Hometown Powered by Wellmark Community Awards were presented Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 during the 3rd Annual Healthiest State Initiative Awards External Site event 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 give us a call at 515-376-4401 or email us at Send Email.

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