Iowans encouraged to ‘walk on the water’


To the Editor:
In 2011, the Healthiest State Initiative was formed to help Iowa become the healthiest state in the nation.  Each year since, we’ve held an annual walk to renew our commitment to this extraordinary goal.
This year, the Healthiest State Initiative and the State Fire Marshal Division are combining efforts to keep Iowans safe and a bit healthier. We are encouraging Iowans to “Walk at the Whistle” as part of the fifth annual Healthiest State Walk and National Fire Prevention Week. Walk day activities will include coordinated fire drills and walks for schools and businesses on Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Delta Dental of Iowa is pleased to sponsor this year’s walk. Our mission is to improve the smiles and health of Iowans. By combining physical activity and taking care of your dental health, Iowa can continue the momentum towards becoming the healthiest state in the nation.
Our goal this year is to have a walk in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. We’d love to have you join us. You can find a walk online. If one hasn’t been scheduled in your area, pull your friends, neighbors or co-workers together. Or simply head outside and take a walk on your own.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of Iowans have voted with their feet in favor of becoming the healthiest state. Let’s take a few more steps. Walk at the Whistle on Oct. 7.
For more information about the Healthiest State Walk and Healthiest State Initiative, please visit
Jeff Russell,
Co-chair, Iowa Healthiest State Walk
President, Delta Dental of Iowa

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