The best way to offset rising healthcare costs is to improve the health of the people of Iowa. Making health and wellness a part of Iowa culture in everything we do will bring enormous benefits—to individuals and to our communities.
Supporting recreational infrastructure like gyms, trails, parks, pools, and tracks as well as community gardens and orchards improves the quality of life for everyone. Adopting the Complete Streets Policy that assures the design of streets that include walking and biking options and encourages pedestrian-friendly city centers in Iowa will keep people moving in the direction of better health.
Iowa needs policies that encourage local food systems with small diverse farms and year-round greenhouses. These wholesome fresh foods can be distributed in local restaurants, schools, hospital and food pantries for the food insecure, improving the health of Iowans.
Making clean water a priority and working to improve the local watershed is important to Iowa’s future. We now have 750 impaired waterways in Iowa, and it’s vital to the health of all Iowans to address the issues and clean up the mess.
Focusing on wellness in our communities will bring a great return on investment by lowering health care costs and increasing productivity. Fostering a health and wellness culture will grow and sustain our communities and increase happiness.