Join the Capital Crossroads Wellness Capital as they convene a series of conversations on our community’s mental health and collective resilience. These sharing and learning sessions will help inform and encourage discussion.

The next session in the series, Encouraging Healthier Habits with 5-2-1-0, will take place on Tuesday, September 25 from 7:30 – 9:00 am at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust Street, Des Moines. Panelists include Erin Drinnin, Community Impact Officer for the United Way of Central Iowa; Rev. Sarai Schnucker Rice, executive director of DMARC; and Jennifer Groos, MD FAAP at Blank Children’s Pediatric Clinic. The session will be moderated by Capital Crossroads Wellness Capital Tri-Chair and Iowa Healthiest State Initiative executive director Jami Haberl. Panelists will share regional efforts underway, early results and how every Iowan can get involved in 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count.

5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count is a statewide initiative that encourages children to eat five fruits and vegetables a day, have two hours or less of screen time, engage in at least one hour of physical activity and drink zero sugary drinks. The scientific method keeps kids physically and mentally healthy by focusing on the importance of good habits. The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Healthiest State Initiative and the United Way of Central Iowa.

The event is free, but registration is encouraged here. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Nikki Syverson, Capital Crossroads director at or 515.286.4964.


About Capital Crossroads

Capital Crossroads is a bold but achievable vision pushing Central Iowans to dream big, not settle for good enough, think long term and work together. Capital Crossroads brings together community volunteers to meet the challenges of the future while building on our past successes. It is in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Polk County, Prairie Meadows, and the United Way of Central Iowa.