Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative First Ever Statewide Awards

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Meredith Corporation of Des Moines was named the Healthiest State Initiative Large Workplace Award winner.

Meredith provides year-to-year health screenings for employees to chart their own progress toward becoming healthy and also offers an on-site fitness center.

Other large work place finalists were Kemin Industries, Des Moines University, and the University of Iowa.

The Best Small Workplace is Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, Healthiest School is Pierce Elementary in Cedar Rapids, and the Healthiest Individual is Angela Drent of Sioux City.

The Healthiest Hometown title was a tie between Cedar Rapids, Mason City, and Sioux City. Ames and Clive were also finalists.

“The Healthiest State Initiative is proud to honor the individuals and organizations who have done tremendous work to improve the overall health and well-being of Iowans,” said Jami Haberl, executive director of the Healthiest State Initiative, in a news release. “Becoming the healthiest state in the nation takes time.”

This past year, all 99 counties in Iowa participated in the annual walk in October.