The Healthiest State Initiative has announced the winners of the 2021 Healthiest State Annual Awards. The winners were recognized for their efforts to improve the physical, social and emotional well-being of their students, employees and fellow Iowans. Among the winners in the Healthiest Workplace category were Delta Dental of Iowa in Johnston in the medium employer category and Hy-Vee Inc. in West Des Moines for the large employer category. The winners were announced during virtual award ceremonies recorded Feb. 15-18 and aired on the Healthiest State Initiative’s Facebook page. Each winner was awarded a monetary prize to continue their work focused on improving the health and wellness at their site. “Even though we were not able to have an in-person ceremony this year, these finalists and winners still deserved to be recognized by the Healthiest State Initiative as well as their fellow Iowans,” said Jami Haberl, Healthiest State Initiative executive director. “We look forward to seeing how they use their award funds to further their already impressive efforts.” The Healthiest State Annual Awards were sponsored by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Nemours and HealthPartners UnityPoint Health. To see more from the 2021 Healthiest State Annual Virtual Awards and to rewatch the ceremonies, visit