6th Annual Healthy Initiative Walk

By Megan Ticknor | mticknor@weareiowa.com

Published 09/28 2016 12:45PM

Updated 09/28 2016 12:45PM

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Healthiest State Initiative’s 6th annual state-wide walk, presented by Delta Dental of Iowa, is now open for registration. Schools, worksites, communities, colleges and universities from all over Iowa can go online at www.iowahealthieststate.com to register and join in on the fun!

This year’s state-wide walk lands on Wednesday, October 5, and the Healthiest State Initiative is asking Iowans to #StepItUp to 30 minutes of walking from the 1K walk that was done previously, reflecting the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action. The goal of this year’s walk is to have walks organized and registered in all 99 counties of Iowa.

“Six years ago we launched the annual walk with the theme “Start Somewhere” encouraging Iowans to walk a 1K,” said Jami Haberl, Executive Director of the Healthiest State Initiative. “This year we are asking Iowans to “Step It Up” and take the 1K to thirty minutes. Just thirty minutes of walking a day can improve one’s overall physical, social and emotional well-being.”

Those who sign up on behalf of their school, business or community can access walk resources, such as toolkits for spreading the word throughout their organization. To activate social media engagement, the Healthiest State has created “Why I Walk” pledge forms and various social media contests where a school and a community are able to win a $1,000 prize, and individuals will be entered in a drawing to win giftcards.

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