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HEALTHY - Mason CityHealthy Hometown

Beginning in 2018, Mason City will continue our journey to improve well-being as HEALTHY - Mason City" transitioning to Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark.

In May of 2012, Mason City was named one of the initial Blue Zones Project demonstration communities in Iowa receiving assistance from experts to develop and implement a blueprint for making permanent environmental, social and policy changes that transition people into healthier behaviors that can lead to longer, happier lives. They successfully achieved Blue Zones Community Certification in May 2014.

While we have made great strides, we know there is still much work to do as we continue our journey of making our community a healthier and happier place to live, work and play.”

Making the healthy choice can be difficult, but with the help of Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark, communities like Mason City are equipped to create positive changes.

Healthy Hometown, backed by the Healthiest State Initiative, assists communities in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of policies, programs and environments for promoting health and well-being. Through this initiative, we are provided with the tools and expertise to take action to make our hometown healthier and safer.

HEALTHY – Mason City will continue to build on their strong foundation by continuing to implement Healthy Hometown activities: 

Eat Well

  • Creation and sustained two community gardens
  • School greenhouse built and integrated curriculum.
  • Implemented healthy food options at youth concession stands
  • Promote Farmers Market and locally grown and regionally grown foods.
  • Worksites provided opportunities to either join community gardens,  grow food on-site or participate in Community Sustained Agriculture (CSA) opportunities

 Move More

  • Creation and implementation of Activating Mason City Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan
  • Established a bike share program.
  • Promoted Walking School Bus routes and bike safety including education videos, bike rodeos and education events for all third grade students in Mason City schools
  • District Wide School Healthy Walk-a-thon fundraiser
  • Encouraged bike and walk to work movements
  • Promoted walking groups and initiatives including “Town In Tennies”

 Feel Better

  • Established a worksite well-being collaboration with Chamber of Commerce.
  • 44 worksites improved well-being within their workplace
  • Support faith based organizations in well-being efforts
  • Promote volunteering and purpose by establishment of Mason City Volunteer Center

Mason City is transforming where we live, work and play, and making healthy choices easier. A healthy hometown is a thriving hometown with a high quality of life, local pride and a strong economy.

Learn more about HEALTHY- Mason City by contacting us at: or calling 641-424-7180.

Mason City Receives Healthiest State Initiative Community Award  HEALTHY - Mason City logo

“The Healthiest State Initiative is proud to recognize the work Mason City has been doing to improve the overall health and well-being of Iowans,” said  “They have set a great example for other individuals, communities, schools and workplaces to emulate. 
Jami Haberl, Healthiest State Initiative executive director.

  Click here to view our video. 

Upcoming HEALTHY-Mason City & Partner Events

North Iowa Farmers Market Tuesday & Friday 4:30 - 6:0 p.m. corner of 1st NE and Delaware  Winnebago River Clean-Up Saturday, Aug. 18 9:00 - noon start at East Park deer pen area

Blue Zones Community Seal 2017


True well-being includes all aspects of our lives, from community to social networks, habitat to inner self. By optimizing the environments where we spend our time, we can make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Brought to Iowa through an innovative sponsorship by Wellmark in collaboration with Healthways and Blue Zones®, the Blue Zones Project® initiative encouraged all Iowa communities to change their built environments to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Knowing that a community designed for well-being makes the healthy choice easier, which leads to long term sustainability and that making Iowa a healthier state will benefit every citizen by making Iowa's economy stronger and our quality of life better and the same holds true for Mason City.

In May 2014, Mason City achieved key milestones and became a Blue Zones Community®. Since May 2012, community leaders, volunteers, and organizations throughout Mason City have made changes to community policy and have engaged citizens, worksites, restaurants, grocery stores, schools, and other community organizations to create a place where people can live longer, better lives.

Blue Zones School Seal 2017
Blue Zones Grocery Seal 2017  Blue Zones Worksite Seal 2017 Blue Zones Restaurant 2017
 Harding Elementary Hy-Vee EastAccelerated Rehabilitation - Regency 1910 Grille'
 Hoover Elementary Hy-Vee West Cargill Kitchen Solutions Hy-Vee East
 Jefferson Elementary  Cerro Gordo County Health Department Hy-Vee West
 Roosevelt Elementary  City of Mason City - City HallLorados 
 Lincoln Intermediate  Clear Lake Bank & Trust (4 locations) Pastime Gardens
   Culligan State Street Deli
   Curries The Hungry Mind
   Dental Center of North Iowa 
  Edwards-Brandt & Associates, Inc. 
  First Citizens Bank 
  Four Oaks - Mason City  
  Harding Elementary School 
  Henkel Construction Company 
  Hoover Elementary School 
  Hy-Vee Drugstore  
  Hy-Vee East 
  Hy-Vee West 
  IOOF Home & Community Therapy Center 
  Jefferson Elementary School 
  John Adams Middle School 
  Kaplan University 
  Lincoln Intermediate School 
   Mason City Alternative High School 
  Mason City Chamber of Commerce 
  Mason City Clinic 
  Mason City Community School District Administration Bldg. 
  Mason City Family YMCA 
  Mercy North Iowa 
  Midwest Roofing Co./Overhead Door Company of Mason City 
  North Iowa Area Community College 
  North Iowa Community Credit Union  
  North Iowa Community Credit Union - West  
  NSB Bank 
  NSB Bank - East 
  Pepsi Beverages Company 
  POET Biorefining - Hanlontown 
  Principal Financial Group - Mason City 
  Roosevelt Elementary School 
  Smithfield Foods 




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