Pioneering Healthier Communities

Our Mission: Influence and empower all families in Marshall County Iowa to choose healthier lifestyle.

The reason: overweight and under-activity have been identified as two of the county's most pressing health issues.

The consequences: there are elevated rates of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. And more of it is being observed in children.

Eat Smart

By Christine Jacobson R.D., L.D.

When at the grocery store, people can become overwhelmed with choices. In some grocery stores, the bread isle alone feels like the length of a football field. For those looking for nutritional standouts, the simple task of buying bread can suddenly become complicated and even stressful.


Move More

By Angie Paxson, Health and Wellness Director, Community Y of Marshalltown

  • Strength training preserves muscle mass during weight loss. According to a University of Michigan research study, at least 25% to 30% of weight lost by dieting alone is not fat but lean tissue, muscle, bone and water. However, strength training helps dieters preserve muscle mass while still losing weight.
Live Well

By Terry Briggs, M.D.


Wolfing down a candy bar takes a mere minute or two; walking off those calories would take most people about 40 minutes. To lose a single pound, you need to burn approximately 3,500 calories.




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CARTWRIGHT PAVILION FARMERS MARKET - Through October, 2013, Wenesdays from 4 - 6 pm and Saturdays from 8 - 11 am.  Assortment of vegetables, fruits, crafts, local specialties and organic food. Takes WIC, SFMNP, SNAP.   2nd Ave. and State St.  For more information contact Margaret Hala at 641-752-2981.


FARMERS MARKET ON MAIN - Every Thursday through Oct. 11, 2013, 4:30 - 7:00 pm.  Nearly 40 vendors from produce, crafts, baked goods, meat, and more.  Live entertainment many Thursdays and kids activities too!  Main St. Marshalltown around the square. 


OKTEMBERFEST 10K/5kWALK/JOG - Sept. 28 , 2013, at 8 am.  Register for $25 on-line before September 20th for a $10 savings. To register and answer your questions go to:


3RD ANNUAL START SOMEWHERE WALK - Oct. 9, 2013. Over 300,000 Iowans walked on the same day last year to encourage everyone to just start walking more as part of the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative.  Over 1,000 students and adults participated in Marshalltown last year.  Watch the Marshalltown Times Republican and listen to KFJB for teams that are forming locally to participate in this 1 km walk in pursuit of the Iowa Healthiest State Goal by 2016.  Register on-line to get in the pool to win a $25 gift certificate from HyVee. Go to the following website to register and learn more details about this event.