DES MOINES, Iowa – Mason City has been recognized for its health improvement efforts.
The city received a “Healthy Hometown Founder” award at the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative’s “Bringing It Home” conference that was held Tuesday.
“The Healthy Hometown Founder award celebrates the achievements made in Mason City,” said Jami Haberl, Iowa Healthiest State Initiative executive director. “Mason City has been a model for other Iowa communities and is an encouraging example of what can be done when the citizens of a community join together to truly transform their environment.”
Among the accomplishments Mason City was honored for were:
- $150,000 invested in bike lanes, “sharrows” and street crossing markings.
- 21% increase in produce sales at local grocery stores since 2011.
- Planting over 28,000 square feet of community garden space.
- Completion of the community’s first dog park.