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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. Click on the images to learn more about the work these communities did to earn a 2019 Healthy Hometown Community award.

Read Algona's healthy success story
Read Knoxville's healthy success story
Read Mason City's healthy success story

Previous winners

At the end of 2018, 65 Iowa towns made changes positively impacting 25 percent of the population. Learn how Cedar Rapids opens in new window, Mason City opens in new window and Sioux City opens in new window won the Healthy Hometown Community award in 2018.


2019 Healthy Hometown Community Award

Healthy Hometown and Healthiest State Initiative announced the 2019 Healthy Hometown Community award winners during the 2nd Annual Healthiest State Initiative Awards 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 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.