Gov. Terry Branstad on Wednesday announced a plan to make Iowa the healthiest state within five years.
Branstad said the Healthiest State Initiative will be a community and business-led, government-endorsed statewide effort that will engage citizens throughout Iowa to improve their overall health and well-being in hopes of topping the healthiest-state rankings as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
Iowa’s 2010 overall well-being index rank is 19th compared to all other states.
“Our goal is to get Iowa to the No. 1 spot by 2016,” Branstad said. “It’s an ambitious goal to jump 18 positions in five years, but if anyone can do it, Iowans can.”
While Iowa scores well in many areas, there is a significant opportunity for improvement in healthy behavior and work environment, the governor noted.
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