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Background of Healthiest Ames Initiative

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has set a goal of making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by the year 2016. Achieving this vision will require commitments by communities all over Iowa. Ames community health leaders have embraced this vision. 

The City of Ames is committed to helping to promote healthy lifestyles in our community. Healthiest Ames is a grassroots effort by individuals and organizations all over Ames that are working together to help achieve this vision. Our group was fueled initially by the drive to become a designated "Blue Zone" community but the spark has led to follow a different and more independent path to help advance the broader state wide goal of becoming the Healthiest State. Visit the other links on the page for a background on the programming and our vision for the future.

Healthiest Ames was formally launched on October 3rd, 2011 to coincide with the statewide Healthiest State Walk.

Advisory Board


Cheryl Langston

Andrea Cardenas​


City Representative

Susan Gwiasda


ISU Representative

Ryan Doyle

David Hoffman


Health Care Representative

John Meyer


Ex Officio

Mandy Ross

Steve Sullivan

What happened to the Blue Zones Project? Click here for more information.

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