The Food Issue No One Talks About

In central Iowa, we are surrounded by food. In farm fields, in supermarkets, in a thriving restaurant scene we are justifiably proud to brag about. But we are also surrounded by hunger. And that's something we don't talk about. Something many of us...

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National expert to discuss central Iowa's health

Dan Witters, lead researcher at Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, will meet with community stakeholders to discuss central Iowa’s progress in five factors of well-being and strategize future efforts to improve the health and well-being of central...

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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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Summer Food Service Program Kicks Off in Des Moines

As summer kicks off, so has a campaign to encourage families to access sites providing free meals to kids and teens ages 18 and younger. 

"Not only are the youth fed, but there's socialization going on, there's crafts, there's reading projects...

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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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Central Iowa outpaces nation in improving well-being

Central Iowa outpaced the level of improvement nationally in well-being, according to the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index data released today. Central Iowa’s Well-Being Index score increased to 63.8 from 62.6, moving closer to the...

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Bring HOPE to a family in need this holiday season!

This holiday season, United Way of Central Iowa is collecting food and personal-care items for our HOPE families. You can help us by donating specific items requested to meet these families' needs.

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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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