Healthy Polk 2020


Partners Launch "Get Healthy DSM Project"

Friday, February 07, 2014

The Polk County Health Department, partnering with community organizations, such as the American Lung Association of Iowa, Easter Seals, Lutheran Services in Io…

Farm to School Gardens, Food Rescue Are Current Focus for Food Stakeholders

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Food Stakeholders surrounding the Healthy Polk 2020 priority Ensure access to affordable, healthy food for everyone are working on a number of issues related to…

Teaching Agencies to Better Understand Health Behaviors

Monday, July 29, 2013

Stakeholders from Healthy Polk 2020 Priority #8 (Empower more people to take responsibility for maintaining their health) have been helping health professionals…

Housing Stakeholders Work to End Homelessness

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Stakeholders for Healthy Polk 2020 priority #9, "advocate for affordable, quality and safe housing," have formed a Continuum of Care to craft a community Strate…

Greater Des Moines Food Systems Coordinator Now in Place

Monday, July 15, 2013

Eat Greater Des Moines has a newly created Local Food Systems Coordinator and a Director for the local Food Systems Council.  Read more about how these two posi…

What is "Motivational Interviewing?"

Monday, July 01, 2013

Motivational Interviewing is a term that seems to be popping up more frequently in the health world. But what exactly is motivational interviewing? It is a form…

Don't Smile Movement Launches

Monday, July 01, 2013

May 30, 2013 – Des Moines, Iowa Organizers are pleased to announce the launch of the Don’t Smile Movement (DSM). An extension of Healthy Polk 2020, DSM aims to…

Healthy Polk leaders working on physically active youth

Monday, March 26, 2012

On November 30th, stakeholders prioritized the initiatives around youth physical activity and two projects were launched: "Create a case statement that captures…

Healthy Polk 2020 provides access to nutritious foods

Friday, January 20, 2012

Read the following article from the Des Moines Register to learn about work that is being done to advance the 10th priority of Healthy Polk 2020 (Ensure access …

Food leaders gather for Healthy Polk 2020

Monday, August 29, 2011

One of the Healthy Polk 2020 priorities chosen by Polk County residents is "ensure access to affordable, healthy food for everyone." Watch to see how community …

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Chris Frantsvog, Public Health Planner
1907 Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314

(515) 286-3430