Healthiest State Annual Walk Encouraging Iowans to Reach New Goals

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Healthiest State Annual Walk is right around the corner, but this year, organizers want to take it up a notch.

The Annual Walk is Wednesday and in the past, it's been a 1K stroll. However, the Healthiest State Initiative has a bigger goal.

"This year we are doing it differently and encouraging Iowans to step it up instead of having a 1k walk, we are encouraging Iowans to walk for 30 minutes every day," said Jeff Russell, CEO of Delta Dental, Presenting Sponsor. "We know that value of not only improving your well-being, but your overall health."

On Monday, Governor Branstad declared Oct. 3 "Step It Up Day" to acknowledge the change. It's all part of the Healthiest State Initiative.

The proclamation touts walking as a way to manage weight and improve strength. The walks are set up in all 99 counties this Wednesday.