Increase Healthy Behavior

What is the issue?
The World Health Organization Constitution states, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.  The Iowa Department of Public Health Iowa Health Fact Book 2009 states that the quality of the social environment and physical environment impacts social and behavioral outcomes of individuals.  A strong relationship exists between social and economic status and risk-related behaviors such as smoking, physical inactivity, diet and alcohol consumption.  Using this data as background and by partnering with key local health partners and experts, UWCI created a Health Strategy Map.  This map focuses on three key determinants:  health care access; healthy environment and healthy lifestyle. 
How does United Way help?
  1. Children and families have access and utilize health services for prevention and treatment.
  2. Children and adults live in and maintain a safe/healthy environment
  3. Children and families have a healthy diet and engage in regular physical activity. 


What are the research based strategies that United Way is using to impact the goal? Click here to see the entire Results Scorecard for Health and the results of how programs funded by United Way are helping to impact health in Central Iowa


In 2015, United Way of Central Iowa updated the Community Health Goal for 2020. The goal is to increase the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index score for our community to 64.5.  The Well-Being Index is based on the World Health Organization’s definition of health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.  United Way hosted the Central Iowa Well-Being Forum on July 28, 2015 to engage stakeholders in discussion and planning around how to achieve the goal. More information about the forum, materials provided, and how to get involved can be found here.


GIVE. Your contributions helped:
  • Over 9,000 individuals access affordable healthcare every three months.
  • Over 60 homes have been abated for lead hazards over the past year.
  • 61,576 individuals received nutritious meals at home so they can continue to live in their homes.
  • 2,641 individuals were screened for mental health, 82,8% have improved their overall functioning based upon the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF).
ADVOCATE. Your voice:
  • Increased the eligibility limit of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and removed an asset test, leading to an 8% increase in individuals enrolling in the program.
  • Supported for funding for Hawk-I, Iowa’s state children’s health insurance program.
  • Recommended key nutrition strategies to be part of the federal Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 to Iowa’s congressional delegation during the national Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.



For more information contact:

Erin Drinnin, Director, Health  515.246.6518