• provide youth with a fitness resource that is free, fun and accessible;
• serve youth of diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to,

those at greatest risk and with fewest resources;
• offer a positive, familiar and encouraging environment where youth

can work and play with health mentors to improve fitness and well-being;
• help guide the effort of actively combating childhood obesity and its risks attributed to a child's current and future health and wellness;
• promote healthy lifestyles among parents, educators and

other mentors to youth in working toward our mission.

Healthy Iowa Visionary 2010

American Red Cross 2012 Hero of the Heartland

we achieve this through Our Innovative

Programs and Partnerships!


•We rely on a corps of caring volunteers ranging including classroom teachers, principals, parents, other school staff, as well as members of our community.
•We partner with local organizations including the Drake Relays and the Des Moines Marathon along with many others giving our students a goal for which to strive.
•We use running and the art of movement to not only promote physical health, but to instill confidence and teach success – lessons transferable to all aspects of life.

Iowa Kidstrong's organizational Mission:

Promoting healthy and active lifestyles

among Central Iowa youth.

and our Vision:

Seeking to interrupt the controllable patterns that lead to

poor health, creating a wellness culture that

recycles itself for generations to come.



to that end our goals are to: