HHCC encourages residents to join in healthiest state walk
Healthy Henry County Communities (HHCC) encourages residents of Henry County to take a STEP to becoming a healthier community by walking in a one-kilometer Healthiest State Walk on Wednesday, Oct. 9. State organizers hope this walk will help to continue the momentum of Iowa’s rise from 19th to 16th and now to the ninth healthiest state in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
Mt. Pleasant’s community walk is named “Iowa’s Healthiest College Community First Annual Walk in the IWC Quad” and will be held at the Iowa Wesleyan College (IWC) campus from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Community members are invited to join IWC students and faculty in a 1K walk that will start in front of the Howe Student Activity Center. A group photo will be taken of walkers at 11:50 a.m. in front of the Chapel.
HHCC is working with the IWC Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement and the IWC Fitness Leadership team to coordinate this event as part of their homecoming week festivities.
“This is a great opportunity for students to be involved in planning a community event and gives an opportunity to showcase their beautiful campus to the community,” explains Kelly Carr, Healthy Henry County Communities Coordinator. “We hope this new location helps to draw more community members to take 15 minutes out of their day and walk together.”
If you can’t make it to the walk at Iowa Wesleyan College, Healthy Henry County Communities encourages businesses, schools and individuals to plan their own walk that day. One kilometer is about 7.5 city blocks, a 12-minute stroll for the average walker. Walkers can find a walk, create a walk and sign up for the event at www.iowahealthieststate.com.
The Healthiest State Initiative is a privately led, public effort that engages Iowans and their communities throughout the state. It involves individuals, families, businesses, faith-based organizations, not-for-profits and the public sector in a broad-based community-focused effort.
For more information, visit www.iowahealthieststate.com. For questions about Mt. Pleasant’s walk contact Kelly Carr at 319-385-6523 or firstname.lastname@example.org.