Hancock county schools and businesses participate in Healthiest State Annual Walk

Students at West Hancock participating in the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative's annual walking event on Wednesday.

Curran McLaughlin | The Leader

            From school to work, Wednesday and Thursday at noon the Hancock County Wellness Coalition helped organize six group walking events to promote healthy living.

            The Iowa Healthiest State Initiative promoted Oct. 3 as a state-wide day for communities, schools and worksites to get up and walk for 30 minutes.

            Hancock County was one of the 99 counties to participate.

            Both West Hancock and Garner-Hayfield-Ventura school districts participated; Garner, Corwith and Britt all participated as well.

            Britt had their walk on Thursday instead of Wednesday.

            “Walking is one of the most accessible and affordable ways to stay healthy,” a PR statement for the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative stated. “It’s also a great way to connect with friends and family. Walking together gives us an opportunity to catch up and refresh our minds.”

            In Hancock County and the state of Iowa obesity is one of the top health concerns according to studies by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

            Karie Terhark, the secretary for the Hancock County Wellness Coalition, said that they focus this year was to get workplaces to form natural walking groups.

            Through Garner and Britt’s chamber of commerce, the coalition spread information of the event to entice businesses.

Read the complete story in the Oct. 10 Leader.