The Healthiest State Initiative’s goal is to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. The Annual Walk on Wednesday, October 4 brings communities together by having an organized Healthiest State Walk, presented by Delta Dental of Iowa, in all of Iowa’s 99 counties.

This year’s Annual Walk aims for Iowans to “Walk More. Connect More.” by walking for 30 minutes with your friends, co-workers, family, or neighbors. Walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy. It’s also a great way to connect with others.

Just 30 minutes of physical activity each day improves physical, social, and emotional health. Muscatine is excited to participate in the Healthiest State Annual Walk as it represents a commitment to our residents’ well-being. We look forward not only to walking together on October 4, but also to initiating and celebrating a cultural shift where we walk more, connect more.

The Muscatine Diabetes Walk Project invites you to “Get Your Walk On” with us at one of the following community walk sites. The walks will be 30 minutes, and we encourage you to join and walk at your own pace as we all take steps to improve our health.

More info on each walk site can be found at:  http://www.iowahealthieststate.com/events/search/52761/  or the Muscatine Diabetes Walk Project Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MuscatineDiabetesWalk/.

Walk sites:

  • Muscatine Community YMCA, 1823 Logan St.                   Walk start:  12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Muscatine Hy-Vee Food Store, 2400 Second Ave.            Walk start:  12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • UnityPoint Health Wellness Walk, 1815 Mulberry Ave.        Walk start:  11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

The Walking Friends Group walks every Tuesday from 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. at the Muscatine Community YMCA. Meet at the Registration Desk and join Mel, Kim, and Sue as we walk the Y trail. The Muscatine Walking Club program, sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, encourages walkers to record their minutes at the Walking Club Kiosk located in the Center Court of the Muscatine Mall. There are weekly incentive prizes.

The Muscatine Diabetes Walk Project is an organized effort by a group of Muscatine citizens to provide diabetes education programs, outreach activities, support groups, and to strengthen partnerships with other community health agencies. In addition, we strive to bring awareness to diabetes research. The Muscatine Diabetes Walk Project is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization. For more information, contact Kim Seligman, Executive Director, at (563) 260-2763 or muscatinediabeteswalk@gmail.com.