DES MOINES, IOWA – January 27, 2015 – The Healthiest State Initiative announced today that Hy-Vee, Inc., has made a grant of $300,000 over three years to support the not-for-profit organization that’s working to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation.
The funds will help the organization at a crucial time in its mission, according to Doug Reichardt, vice president of the Healthiest State Initiative board of directors.
“Hy-Vee has been an extraordinary supporter of the Healthiest State Initiative since it was launched in August 2011,” Reichardt said. “Hy-Vee loaned the Initiative its first executive director, Helen Eddy, and she served for nearly three years. Our new executive director, Jami Haberl, is continuing the work Helen began.”
When the Healthiest State Initiative was launched, Iowa was ranked 19th in the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index, the official measurement tool for the Initiative. Today, Iowa ranks 10th in the Well-Being Index.
Plans for 2015 include the implementation of a well-being assessment and certification program for workplaces, school and communities, as well as the launch of work group programs designed to drive Iowa’s ranking higher in the Well-Being Index. Hy-Vee’s grant will help support operational and program expenses of the Initiative.
“We appreciate Hy-Vee’s support of the Healthiest State Initiative and that of other great Iowa companies as we work to become the healthiest state in the nation,” Reichardt said.
The Healthiest State Initiative is a privately led, public effort that engages Iowans and their communities throughout the state. It involves individuals, families, businesses, faith-based organizations, not-for-profits and the public sector in a broad-based, community-focused effort. For more information, visit www.iowahealthieststate.com <http://www.iowahealthieststate.com> .
Additional Media Contact:
Jami Haberl – Iowa Healthiest State Initiative