We just celebrated our first five years by acknowledging key achievements of the Healthiest State Initiative.
In doing so, there is a new structure and a new program being announced at an event called Bring It Home. There are some infographics on here that help illustrate the structure.
This new program is available for all communities. The Healthy Home, powered by Wellmark, is also introduced. There are a lot of good resources there that could be used by anybody. Please take a look at this. It is quite exciting. This does include a link to Healthy Home Town.
We don’t necessarily like the changes that have brought us to the juncture we’re at with the ACA because our price has gone through the roof, but we must understand that this is a reflection of the health of our nation and our state. Governor Branstad has invested a lot of time and effort into creating an awareness for all of us here, and in the end, we are the personal winners for being good custodians of our health.
This Healthiest State Initiative is proud to boast about their leadership, their investors and the approach it has been taking in improving the physical, social and emotional well-being of Iowans. It’s our vision to become the healthiest State in the nation. To accomplish that, we need to create an awareness of challenge, connect the needs with the resources to achieve our goals and improve the health of Iowans and the communities we live in. The goals for this program are to increase the number of Iowans living an active and healthy lifestyle, increase emotional well-being and decrease the number of Iowans who use tobacco. If these goals can be met, we would find that we would be happier and healthier. It would be a more attractive place to do business since improved well-being is linked to higher productivity, less absenteeism, higher retention, better engagement and lower health care costs.
I find this to be rather exciting and it is good reading for right after our Thanksgiving dinner. Setting some goals personally can be done quietly and internally, but the point of the matter is, be aware of your own personal health and set up some goals for yourself. The resources are endless, we couldn’t live in a better environment. To be in the Midwest of the United States of America, offers more bounty than anywhere I could never imagine. The choice is yours.