Your ZIP code determines your health more than any other factor.

When communities provide access to healthy foods, build social connections, and promote a feeling of purpose, well-being improves for everyone.

THE FIVE FACTORS OF HOLISTIC WELL-BEING

physical

Physical

Central Iowa ranks in the bottom 20% of U.S. regions for consuming produce at recommended levels.

Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index

social

Social

Workers who are lonely perform more poorly, quite more often, and feel less satisfied with their jobs.

Harvard Business Review

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Purpose/Career

Nearly half of central Iowans don’t have a leader in their life who makes them feel enthusiastic about the future.

Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index

financial

Financial

One-third of central Iowans worry about money on a regular basis.




Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index

Community

Community

A lower-income neighborhood in central Iowa has 1 mile of bike paths and 8 opportunities for kids’ activities, compared with 35 miles of bike paths and 50 opportunities for kids’ activities in a higher-income neighborhood.

Place, Race, Poverty, and Young Children

WINNING IN HEALTH

imani smaller-1On her birthday, Imani was excited to miss school for her annual check-up, with the promise of a birthday meal at IHOP afterward. But then the fourth-grader received some ominous news from her doctor: She was at risk for developing diabetes. 

“I was scared,” Imani said, as she was handed a packet of information about 5-2-1-0.

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WHAT IF...

every central Iowan had a chance to live a healthy life?

We fight for everyone to make healthy choices by:

  • Increasing availability and access to healthy foods and opportunities to exercise
  • Providing ways for vulnerable populations to have positive social interactions
  • Improving access to mental health services
  • Creating safe neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools that encourage healthy habits

UNITED WE WIN

3 out of 5

3 out of 5 health factors – physical, financial, and community – improved in central Iowa in 2018.


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children in central Iowa demonstrated healthy habits through 5-2-1-0 in schools, child care centers, and health care clinics.

ACEs

We advocated for legislation that requires all school employees to be trained annually on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), toxic stress, and suicide prevention.  

JOIN THE FIGHT

Designate your United Way donation to Health

GIVE NOW

Promote healthy habits where you live, work, and play

5-2-1-0

Team up at your company to grow produce for food pantries

GIVING GARDENS

Live with purpose by giving your time to others

VOLUNTEER

Advocate for creating trauma-informed environments

ACEs Coalition

GIVING OUR WORKFORCE A CHANCE

United Way of Central Iowa invests in programs and initiatives that are connecting talent with workforce needs.
Learn more about our strategies in HEALTH.

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An effort to promote healthy habits where kids live, learn, and play.


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A coalition that works to raise awareness of the lifelong impact of childhood trauma and how to build resiliency.

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A group of organizations advocating for a children’s mental health system in Iowa.

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Community Gardens

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Grants for local gardens lead to thousands of central Iowans having access to healthy foods.

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Giving Gardens

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Companies engage employees as volunteers to grow produce on their property that is donated to local food pantries.

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