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Healthiest State Annual Walk

September 24, 2017
Reinbeck Courier

Get excited, Reinbeck!

For more than seven years, hundreds of thousands of Iowans have taken part in the Healthiest State Annual Walk presented by Delta Dental of Iowa. The Annual Walk is a great way to promote our state's well-being, but there is much more work to be done.

On October 4, thousands of Iowans will again support Iowa's efforts to become a healthier state with the goal of having at least one organized walk in all 99 counties. I'm pleased to announce that this statewide effort will include Reinbeck.

Last year, Iowans were encouraged to step it up and walk 30 minutes. This year, the Healthiest State wants Iowans to #GetYourWalkOn and not only on October 4, but every day. The theme for this year, "Walk More. Connect More" also encourages participants to walk with a neighbor, friends, or family.

Walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy. It's also one of the best ways to connect with others. By walking with friends or family, we get to catch up and refresh our minds, and the physical benefits add up, too! Invite a friend or co-worker for an after-lunch walk, take care of weekend errands with your family on foot, or invite your neighbor to start a casual walking group. Along the way we'll build strong bonds and memories.

The walk represents more than just 30 minutes of walking every day. It represents our dedication to the long-term goal of changing the lives of Iowans by making healthy choices easy. It shows how devoted we are to the future of the communities where we live and work. And it shows that Reinbeck is invested in the well-being of our community members and neighbors. We know we wouldn't be the community we are today without your continued health and happiness.

Additionally, the Healthiest State is encouraging Iowans to participate in the social media contests on Facebook ( for individuals, communities, and schools. There are great prizes, including an opportunity for our community to win $1,000!

I hope you'll join us in walking for 30 minutes at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4. Visit to learn more about the Healthiest State Initiative. For more information about the walk location and other details, see announcements on RTU informational channel, in the Reinbeck Courier and posters throughout the community. Together we can do something great for ourselves and our community.

Tim Johnson

Mayor of Reinbeck



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