In 1982, a group of business leaders in Omaha, Nebraska created a non-profit organization called the Wellness Council of the Midlands. The purpose of the Council was to promote healthy lifestyle choices through the worksite in hopes that preventing disease would be more cost-effective than curing disease. The Omaha Council has served as a model for the formation of Wellness Councils across the country.
The establishment of a Wellness Council in Central Iowa began in 1988 and the wellness Council of Central Iowa became a chartered member of the Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA) in 1991.
In 2003, the Wellness Council of Central Iowa changed the organization’s name to Wellness Council of Iowa to effectively identify the geographic area the group served. The Wellness Council counts over 170 member organizations in over 38 counties across the state of Iowa among its members.
Craig C. Hanken is the Executive Director of the Wellness Council of Iowa.