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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 17, 2017

Henry County moves up to #10 in new Active Iowa Index

HHCC teams up with Live Healthy Iowa for better health
Nov 30, 2017

Healthy Henry County Communities is teaming up with Live Healthy Iowa to improve the health of the county’s residents and improve its overall ranking in the newly released Active Index.

Currently, out of the 99 counties in Iowa, Henry County ranks 10th in the Active Index, with a participation rate of 12.19 percent. The 2017 ranking improved greatly from the 2016 ranking of 89. Healthy Henry County Communities began working on that improvement over the summer.

Live Healthy Iowa’s Active Index provides a measurement of where each county ranks across Iowa. Rankings in the Active Index are based on county members’ participation in select Live Healthy Iowa and Iowa Sports Foundation challenges and events, including the 10 Week Wellness Challenge, Live Healthy Iowa 5K, The Next Step Challenge, Kid’s Fall Fitness Day/Healthiest State Walk, Summer Iowa Games and Winter Iowa Games.

“Like other counties in Iowa, we know that the obesity rate and overall health statistics of Henry County are something that we need to continue to address,” said Kelly Carr, Healthy Henry County Communities (HHCC) Director. “Forging a closer partnership with Live Healthy Iowa by working to achieve a better Active Index ranking will provide us with new tools to help us engage our residents — of all ages and activity levels — to participate in healthy and active opportunities to improve their health.”

Recently, county members met with Dr. Amy Michelle Willcockson, director of Live Healthy Iowa, and Chuck Long, CEO and executive director of the Iowa Sports Foundation, to discuss Henry County’s health rankings and develop a plan for improvement.

“We’re excited to be working with Henry County to develop a countywide activity plan, set goals for improved health and rankings, inspire and motivate individuals and companies, provide turnkey programs and attractive incentives, and foster accountability among participants,” Willcockson said.

There is no charge for counties to be part of the Active Index; there are only minimal participation fees in the annual challenges. Information about the 10 Week Wellness Challenge will come out in December or visit www.HealthyHenryCounty.org for more information.

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