The Healthiest State Initiative has announced the finalists for the 2022 Healthiest State Annual Awards. Individuals, communities, K-12 schools, early care providers, out-of-school programs, health care providers and workplaces will be recognized for their efforts to improve the health of Iowans in an online ceremony on Feb. 17. “This year’s finalists have gone above and beyond to help create healthier environments where Iowans [can] live, learn, work and play,” said Jami Haberl, Healthiest State Initiative executive director. “We are excited to highlight their efforts and honor them in our online award ceremony.” The online ceremony will feature a keynote address from two-time U.S. Paralympic athlete Jessica Heims. An Iowa native and University of Northern Iowa graduate, Heims competed at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games in the discus throw. The ceremony on Feb. 17 begins at 6 p.m. and can be found on the Healthiest State Initiative Facebook pageor YouTube channel.