HEALTHY – Mason City
North Iowa has always been a great place to live, work, and visit. And, it’s only getting better! By putting out personal and collective well-being first, we’re making healthy choices easier, creating more economic opportunities, and ensuring a better quality of life for everyone. HEALTHY-Mason City’s work started in 2012 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. Mason City completed the successful implementation Blue Zones Project work and was recognized as a Blue Zones Community in May 2014. The project, a first-of-its-kind population health program that brings the world’s best practices in food policy, built environment, purpose and social networking to participating cities in May 2014. In February 2018 it was presented with a 2018 Healthy Hometown Community Award. In January 2018, Mason City’s well-being work transitioned to Healthy Hometown powered by Wellmark.
City of Mason City Volunteer Service Department
The Volunteer Program serves to provide a unique opportunity for volunteers to share their time and talents as they partner with City departments on municipal projects. The valuable partnership between volunteers and City staff helps enhance the quality of life for our citizens and visitors to Mason City.
Cerro Gordo Community Foundation
The Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation is a local, non-profit, charitable affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. Due to the generosity and vision of all our donors, the Community Foundation was established to build stronger, healthier communities in Cerro Gordo County today, and in the future.
Jan Again Foundation
The purpose of the foundation is to support mental health. The foundation was set up in 1999 to honor the memory of Waldo Smeby’s late wife, Jan. The foundation provides support for the following three areas: education for those vulnerable to depression, education for families who are supporting those suffering from mental illness, and education for the medical community so they can understand the needs of patients and their families. Emphasis is placed on prevention.