Participating in the Healthiest State Initiative walk this morning are Claire Smith, Jacey Loew, Paige Higby, Madison Leonard, fifth-grade teacher Beth Seidl and Amber Rial.
Participating in the Healthiest State Initiative walk this morning are Claire Smith, Jacey Loew, Paige Higby, Madison Leonard, fifth-grade teacher Beth Seidl and Amber Rial.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Kuemper Catholic kindergarten through fifth-grade students this morning enjoyed a walk around the high school, Holy Spirit School and the Holy Spirit Church, doing their part to help the governor’s push to make Iowa the healthiest state in the U.S.

Lines of little ones curled around the corners of East and Bluff and Maple streets. The youngest kids tried to keep a straight line. The older ones talked.

In Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative, Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing to make Iowans eat better and exercise more. His goal is to be No. 1 in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index by 2016. The state was ranked 19th in the United States in 2010.

Helping the effort, the Kuemper kids began their walk at 9 a.m. just after their morning worship.

It came about a year after Branstad’s first statewide walk, in which about 291,000 Iowans launched the Healthiest State Initiative.

“The intent of the Healthiest State Walk is to encourage Iowans to take their own steps that will help us improve our state’s well-being rank,” Branstad said in a press release. ”The Healthiest State Initiative this year will continue to champion existing well-being programs with special emphasis on encouraging local walk groups, workplace well-being, consumption of fruits and vegetables, and smoking cessation. Progress in these areas will translate to a healthier Iowa and better quality of life for all its residents.”

The Kuemper kids kept their lines straight and chatted as they walked back to class.