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298,000 Iowans walk to support the Healthiest State Initiative

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Over 298,000 Iowans walked in support for the Healthiest State Initiative by participating in the 3rd annual Healthiest State Walk.

This number was even higher than the previous two years walks according to officials.

"As they have during all three statewide walks, Iowans turned out in great numbers to support our effort to become the nation's healthiest state," said Ric Jurgens, chair of the Healthiest State Initiative board. "We all recognize that a one-kilometer walk won't change a person's health by itself. But the incredible level of participation demonstrates our citizens' commitment to making tangible steps toward higher levels of well-being."

In August, 2011, Governor Terry Branstad announced plans to make Iowa the healthiest state in the U.S. within five years.

Since that announcement, Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index say Iowa has moved up to ninth place in the well-being rankings.

These are the five goals that the group is currently working on:

1. Decrease the number of Iowans who smoke.

2. Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables.

3. Increase the number of Iowans who are learning or doing something interesting every day.

4. Increase the number of Iowans who have visited the dentist during the past 12 months.

5. Increase the number of Iowans who feel their boss treats them as a partner at work.

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