A new online tool has been created to help gauge the well-being of Iowans and “nudge” Iowans to make improvements. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds is encouraging Iowa businesses, communities and schools to use it.
“This assessment tool is a great resource for those who want to seek change and positively impact the health of our state, but they may not know where to start,” Reynolds says. “The assessment tool will provide immediate feedback on opportunities for improvement and access to resources that will help support those improvements.”
Jami Haberl is executive director of the Healthiest State Initiative, which led the effort to create this test.
“Being healthy extends beyond physical activity and nutrition,” Haberl says, “and it includes other factors such as tobacco and substance abuse, dental health, community engagement and emotional health. In the tool you’ll find questions about all of these areas.”
The online tool, which is free, is available here. A number of Iowa schools and businesses have already taken the assessment as part of a pilot project. Answers are scored and provide immediate feedback on how Iowa schools, workplaces and communities support or put up roadblocks to the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual health of Iowans.
“Nudge sustainable improvements by providing immediate feedback with access to resources and tools to implement change,” is one of the goals for the project listed on www.iowahealthieststate.com.
The following organizations have taken the assessment as part of the pilot project: Red Oak Senior High, Marshalltown High School, Southview Middle School in Ankeny, Indianola Middle School, Shell Rock Elementary, Hubbard-Radcliffe Elementary, RDG, CDS Global, ACT, Rockwell Collins, Van Meter Industrial, Wesley Life, Rassmussen Group, Houghton State Bank and the Iowa League of Cities.