Lace up your walking shoes, Iowans! Registration for the Healthiest State Annual Walk, presented by Delta Dental of Iowa, is now open. Schools, work sites and communities are invited to join Iowans statewide for a 30-minute walk on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Since 2011, the Healthiest State Annual Walk has mobilized hundreds of thousands of Iowans from across the state. The goal of this year’s walk is to have walks organized and registered in all 99 counties of Iowa.

“We hope this annual event is a reminder to all Iowans to build healthy habits into their daily routines,” said Jami Haberl, executive director for the Healthiest State Initiative. “Walking for 30 minutes is a great first step!”

Walking not only offers health benefits – like decreasing the risk of certain diseases and obesity – but walking with others provides social benefits as well. This year’s theme, “Walk more. Connect more,” encourages Iowans to walk with friends, family members and co-workers.

“Delta Dental of Iowa is proud to be the presenting sponsor for the Healthiest State Annual Walk,” said Jeff Russell, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Iowa. “As a health and wellness company, we understand the importance of preventive care and taking charge of your health every day. We support Iowans taking steps to improve their overall health.”

Those who sign up on behalf of their school, business or community can access resources, such as communications templates, customizable posters and information on social media contests. Schools and communities will have an opportunity to win $1,000 to enhance the health and well-being of their school or community. In addition, the Healthiest State Initiative will be hosting weekly prize giveaways throughout August on their Facebook page.

Show your excitement for the Healthiest State Annual Walk by posting a photo of yourself walking to social media and use the hashtag #GetYourWalkOn2018. For more walk information and to register a walk, visit