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Healthiest State Initiative Annual Walk is October 4 in Waukon

Iowans encouraged to walk more and also connect more

The Healthiest State Initiative’s seventh annual statewide walk, presented by Delta Dental of Iowa, takes place Wednesday, October 4 and the Healthiest State Initiative is asking Iowans to #GetYourWalkOn in Waukon and walk for 30 minutes, not just October 4 but every day. The goal of this year’s walk is to have walks organized and registered in all 99 counties of Iowa.

“We all know that walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy but it’s also one of the best ways to connect with others,” said Jami Haberl, executive director for the Healthiest State Initiative. “Through walking with your friends, family or co-workers, you get to catch up, move your body and refresh your mind while building strong social connections.”

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will host a walk in cooperation with this healthiest state initiative Wednesday, October 4 at Noon. Anyone interested in joining the walk is directed to gather in the main entrance parking area of the hospital.  The route will follow the WalkMore.ConnectMore route around the golf course, returning to the hospital. This 1.4-mile route walk will conclude at the hospital’s main entrance where free wellness testing, educational displays, a photo booth and light refreshments will all be available.

“Delta Dental of Iowa is proud to be the presenting sponsor for the Healthiest State Walk,” said Jeff Russell, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Iowa. “As a health and wellness company, we understand the importance of preventive care and taking charge of your health every day. Whether it’s getting a preventive dental exam, vision exam, or simply walking 30 minutes a day - we support Iowans taking steps to improve their overall health. Working together, I have no doubt that Iowa can become the healthiest state in the nation.”

For more walk information call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.

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