Our health system has a new name. Iowa Health System is now UnityPoint Health




Take the Dodger Quarter Challenge

Thank you for taking an active part in the health and wellness of our community! Each quarter students grades K - 8 will get a lunchroom challenge and an activity challenge. A flyer will be send home each quarter with limited details and directions. On this web site you will find detailed directions about our activity challenges.  If you have any more questions or concerns please email Sarah at marshsm@ihs.org. Good luck!


Q1 Middle School
Click here to find  the challenge and details directions. Click here for information about the Q1 SuperTracker and My Fitness Pal diections.  


Q1 Elementary School
Click here to find the challenge and details directions. 





Helping Educate Children to Make Wise Food Choices

In 2007, UnityPoint Health - Trinity identified youth obesity as a key focus area for improving the health status of our community. Based on state and local data, and the high incidence of childhood obesity and related health problems, Trinity recognized the need for programs available to Fort Dodge youth to help them learn the fundamental skills needed to live a healthy lifestyle.


In partnership with the Fort Dodge Community School District and St. Edmond Catholic School System, THRIVE was created as a way to reach youth at school - a familiar learning environment. THRIVE was developed based on information and research from the following organizations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and National Institute for Health (NIH), as well as other highly respected organizations and associations focused on youth obesity, wellness and chronic disease prevention. Trinity's THRIVE program utilizes the research-based model for a Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) developed and advanced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


THRIVE is funded by a grant from The Wellmark Foundation and UnityPoint Health - Trinity.



To educate, support and empower students to enhance their health and well-being through responsible lifestyle choices.



To influence students' eating and physical activity behavior.


This is done by increasing students' knowledge about how lifestyle choices impact their current and future health. Building knowledge and skills helps students make healthy eating and physical activity choices which in turn decreases students' chances of obtaining a chronic disease.