Nov 20

Mason City receives Healthy Hometown Founder award

New trail installed on South Monroe Avenue in Mason City

New trail installed on South Monroe Avenue in Mason City

DES MOINES — Mason City was presented a Healthy Hometown POWERED BY Wellmark award at the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative Bringing it Home conference on Nov.1, 2016. The award recognizes Mason City for their dedication and accomplishments toward meaningful health improvement initiatives in their community.

“The Healthy Hometown Founder award celebrates the achievements made in Mason City,” said Jami Haberl, Iowa Healthiest State Initiative executive director. “Mason City has been a model for other Iowa communities and is an encouraging example of what can be done when the citizens of a community join together to truly transform their environment.”

Some noteworthy achievements in Mason City include:

· In an effort to promote natural movement within the community, $150,000 was invest in bike lanes, “sharrrows” and street crossing markings.
· Produce sales at a local grocery store increased by 21% percent since 2011.
· More than 28,000 square feet of community garden space has been planted.
· The first dog park in Mason City was completed in 2014, promoting healthy activity for pets and pet-owners alike.

Healthy Hometown program available for all Iowa communities

Award presented by Governor Terry Branstad

Award presented by Governor Terry Branstad

The Healthy Hometown program is available to all Iowa communities ready to take steps to make the healthy choice the easy choice and improve the overall well-being of their communities.

“One of the best parts of the Healthy Hometown program is the ability for Iowa communities to make improvements that are important to them,” said Laura Jackson, Iowa Healthiest State Initiative board president. “The program offers various levels of support — including assistance from experts if they choose — and guides them to existing resources so they can make their hometown an even better place to live.”

There are three ways communities or organizations can get started. The first is an online self-assessment tool for communities to review where they are at today and how they can connect with existing resources to make enhancements. In 2017, two additional options will be available to help communities put a plan in place for either a specific project or a complete community transformation.

More information about the Healthy Hometown program, including the assessment and resources, is available at: www.iowahealthieststate.com.

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