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Walking to the Bell Center in subzero temperatures can be quite treacherous for some. Fitness activities during the winter usually dwindles. However, this is not stopping Iowans’ determination. Iowa wants to be recognized nationally as the “healthiest state” by 2016.

According to a 2013 Gallup poll, Iowa was ranked 10th in the nation when it comes to physical, emotional and mental health. The Iowa Healthiest State Initiative’s website says it is “a privately led public initiative intended to inspire Iowans and their communities throughout the state to improve their health and happiness.”

The Initiative hopes to unite individuals, families, businesses, organizations, not-for-profits and the public sector in a community-focused effort to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by 2016.

Governor Terry Branstad has publicly endorsed this initiative and hopes to be push Iowa to No. 1.

There are many businesses and corporations taking part in this initiative. Companies from all around Iowa are promoting events and endorsements for their employees to become healthier.

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