CLINTON — Members of the Clinton community walked 1 kilometer on Wednesday to support making Iowa a healthier state to live.
The goal of the Healthiest State Initiative is to see Iowa become the healthiest state in the country. Hy-Vee Dietician Beth Freehill said the state was ranked 16th for overall mental and physical health, but has moved up to ninth. For the past three years, Hy-Vee has held a walk to support the initiative.
Walkers lined up at Hy-Vee at noon, circling the outer edge of the store's property. Walks also were held throughout the day by Clinton Community College. Participants could walk at 7:45 a.m., noon and 3:15 p.m. at the college and at 7:30 a.m. at the technology center.
Six CCC staff members lined up for the morning walk, including Jane Marlowe. They agreed it was a good way to support good health.
"We need to start walking more," Marlowe said. "It's a good way to jump start it."
The Hy-Vee walk saw community members, as well as staff from the store, walking. YWCA Executive Director Shannon Sander-Welzien said this is the organization's third year to participate in the event.
"We just invite our members to come over and wear their YWCA shirts and join us in the walk," Sander-Welzien said. "It is a great time to remind yourself how easy it is to get in just that little bit of walking each and every day."