(Atlantic) Atlantic Community members and students participated in a twelve-minute “Start Somewhere Walk” to the Trojan Bowl this afternoon. The effort is part of Governor Branstad’s plan to make Iowa the healthiest state by the year 2016. The Governor challenged every Iowan to walk one kilometer today. The goal of the walk today in Atlantic was to make Cass County the healthiest County in Iowa.
Clarence Hudson, Executive Director of the Iowa Sports Foundation, was the guest speaker.
“Today we’re talking about making Atlantic the healthiest City, Cass County the healthiest County, and Iowa the healthiest State,” said Hudson.
Iowa is currently the 19th healthiest state in the nation. Hudson said becoming number one is not going to be easy but…thus the theme…you have to start somewhere.
“Everything that we try to do in life is not easy, but the easy things that we do in life sometimes aren’t worth doing,” said Hudson. “But there is nothing that is hard to do that is not worth doing. If it’s hard, believe me it’s worth doing. And becoming the healthiest state in the nation is not going to be easy, but it’s going to be worth doing.”
Hudson assured the crowd that Iowa being ranked 19th in the nation is not where we are going to stay. He said, “We’re going to be number one, we’re going to be the healthiest state in the nation and that’s a fact!”
Cass County Health Systems is leading the initiative to get Atlantic designated as a Blue Zone community. Of the 900 communities in Iowa , ten will be chosen to receive direct support from the Blue Zone Project Team. The Blue Zones Team is looking for places with lots of community support, and they are going to measure that enthusiasm by the number of residents that pledge to participate if their hometown is chosen to become a Blue Zones Community.