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University Walks For Iowa Healthiest State Initiative
Updated: Wednesday, October 9 2013, 08:02 PM CDT
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--We begin in cedar rapids where various organized groups participated in the state’s third annual "Healthiest State Initiative" walk.
It’s all part of a community focused effort to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by 2016.
According to a national well-being study, Iowa is number nine when it comes to being physically emotionally and mentally healthy, but why settle for ninth best?
There are many benefits of being number one and that's what the afternoon’s walk was all about.
It's a walk to the top, top of the healthiest state ranking that is--and mount mercy university students, staff and faculty are all on board.
"If you start doing it with one person, it helps motivate others, so it helps spread it around,” said Aaron Lacy.
Aaron lacy is a 22-year-old senior at Mount Mercy and he says this is really a way of making healthiness a community effort.
"Everyone is coming together to be healthy because it's all something we can relate to,” he said.
It's not just Mount Mercy participating in today's walk, various community, religious and business groups statewide are involved
Promoting good health in the workplace is something employers everywhere encourage.
"We avoid medical concerns and health issues that might affect us which has a financial impact as well as personal impact on all of us,” said University Provost Jan Handler
"As a society, keeping those insurance cost down, but again just keeping yourself healthy and active and being able to go to work and do a good job at work,” said Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach, Ryan Scheckel.
For Aaron who is a soccer and track and field athlete, this is a step in the right direction
"It's good that we are moving up but I'd like to see us just keep going on up,” he said.
In the past, more than 300,000 people have participated in the walk.