Notre Dame Catholic School is Healthiest State award finalist
Thu, 01/09/2020 - 12:51pm admin
DES MOINES - The Healthiest State Initiative has announced the finalists for the 2020 Healthiest State Annual Awards. Individuals, communities, K-12 schools, early care providers, out-of-school programs and workplaces will be recognized for their efforts to improve the physical, social and emotional well-being of Iowans in their respective sectors at an awards ceremony on Feb. 6 in West Des Moines.
Notre Dame Catholic School in Cresco, along with Irving Elementary (Waterloo) and Pierce Elementary (Cedar Rapids) are in the running for K-12 schools.
Other area winners were under the Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark Community Award category. Finalists included Waverly and West Union.
The other six categories are Early Care Provider, Out-of-School Program, Individual and Workplace for small, medium and large companies.
“We are honoring finalists in more categories than ever before which is a testament to the tremendous work happening across the state to improve the health and wellness of Iowans of all ages,” said Jami Haberl, Healthiest State Initiative executive director.
Each finalist will be recognized and winners from each category will be announced at the Healthiest State Annual Awards ceremony on Feb. 6 at the Ron Pearson Center in West Des Moines. Each winner will be granted a monetary gift to continue their work focused on improving the health and well-being of their employees, students or citizens.
In addition to the awards presentation, keynote speaker Lyndsey (Medders) Fennelly will tell her inspirational story of living with a mental illness. Fennelly is a former Iowa State University women’s basketball player, owner of CampusCycle spin studio and passionate advocate for mental health. She is married to Iowa State Women’s basketball assistant coach, Billy Fennelly, and they live in Ames with their two children.
“Lyndsey gives a voice to the 1 in 5 Iowans who will experience a mental illness in their lifetime,” said Haberl. “By talking about her experience, she helps to eliminate stigma and encourages those living with a mental illness to seek the help they deserve.”