Erin Drinnin

Erin Drinnin
Erin Drinnin is United Way's Community Impact Officer for Health.

Recent Posts

How you can improve mental health in central Iowa

You may know a friend or co-worker who experiences issues with mental health. Or, you have heard that Iowa ranks among the worst states for access to mental health care. Many groups are coming together to talk about mental health in our community...

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5 Ways to Improve Health in Your Community

Living a healthy lifestyle is more than choosing to eat well and exercising. Our health is most determined by where we live, including whether we have access to healthy foods, opportunities to safely be active outside, and a network that encourages...

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Farmers' Market program increases access to healthy foods

Central Iowans are among the worst in the nation for consuming fruits and vegetables. According to the Gallup-Sharecare Well-being Index, Des Moines is ranked 185 out of 186 communities for consuming fruits and vegetables.

Only half of Iowans...

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Healthy choices count for kids and families

The Central Iowa Well Kids Coalition launched this December as a public-private partnership among 30 organizations committed to promoting healthy habits with kids and families. The coalition also launched 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count as a unified...

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The numbers behind central Iowa's health

A new infographic by United Way of Central Iowa  released this week showcases the importance of focusing on health where central Iowans live, learn, work, and play. 

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Exercise Equipment at Park Promotes Community Health

Improving our health begins where we live, learn, work, and play. That is why we are excited to introduce adult exercise equipment at Evelyn K. Davis Park.

Installing exercise equipment at the park offers more than a chance to exercise: It...

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5-2-1-0 Builds Healthy Habits with Kids

An early adopter of the 5-2-1-0 initiative, Children & Families of Iowa's (CFI) Childhood Development Center now encourages healthy habits among all children, families and staff as part of its culture. 

"The program has helped our center...

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10 Steps to a Community Garden

Iowa is 50th in the nation—dead last—when it comes to fruit and vegetable consumption. We eat less green stuff than anybody else.

Some community members are working to change that by creating community gardens. These shared spaces allow neighbors...

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Stacking the Deck Against ACEs

Children are resilient. You hear it all the time. And they are: they bounce back from skinned knees, broken bones, and fights with friends. But that doesn’t mean children are immune to trauma. Increasingly, the kids of central Iowa are put in...

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You Say Potato: The Telligen Giving Garden

Most of us aren’t farmers, so harvest season passes us by without a thought. But this year—over at Telligen in West Des Moines—employees dedicated late August and September to rooting out potatoes—a harvest of hundreds of pounds for the...

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