Welcome to I-WALK!

I-WALK is an Iowa walkability program administered by Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and implemented by communities across Iowa. Local Public Health leads the implementation effort and is vital to the success of the program.

The goal of I-WALK is to provide community coalitions with relevant local information to help them continuously update, implement, and evaluate their community walking plans. I-WALK has a heavy emphasis on data collection and analysis, with the goal of providing communities with the best up-to-date information and data analysis to be used as a catalyst for environmental change.

I-WALK utilizes Web Mapping Technologies and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to accurately map routes that children and community members use to walk or bicycle to school, work, or other community destinations and identify barriers and solutions to make it safer for all. Creating environments that allow individuals to walk or bicycle safely to their destination will improve health outcomes for adults and children by providing additional opportunities to get the recommended 30-60 minutes of physical activity each day and normalizing walking as part of the family’s lifestyle.

The program history of WALK includes a pilot project funded by an Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) non-infrastructure grant, launched in September 2010 in 12 Iowa schools, focusing on Safe Routes to School data collection and planning. In Spring 2012, I-WALK was implemented in an additional four schools through funds obtained by Iowans Fit for Life, Iowa Department of Public Health, through a grant from Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In July 2012, I-WALK piloted its first project specifically focusing on the aging adult population in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Additional funds have been awarded by IDOT to expand the I-WALK program into another 12 elementary schools during the 2012-13 school year.

Past and present participants can be found here along with a map of where they are located in the state.

For more information, please contact the I-WALK Project Manager Sarah.TaylorWatts@idph.iowa.gov