Welcome To Healthy Villages

Healthy Villages is a program designed to help residents of Van Buren County learn to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Our program is free and open to all county residents.

Our Mission:  To help make Van Buren County a healthy place to live and work, by providing resources, education and wellness opportunities to everyone.

Our Vision:  Healthy Villages is committed to making Van Buren County a healthy place in which to live and work.

Workshop Survey

Healthy Villages would like to know what the community is interested in! We are looking to partner with Iowa State Extension to provide workshops in the county. Please click on the following link to complete the survey to let us know what you would like to be able to learn about:



2018 Van Buren County Calendar of Wellness Events

Community Wellness Events to look forward to in the coming year to help you reach you wellness goals:


Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Wellness Challenge (January-April)


Live Healthy Iowa 5K

Women’s Tennis League (April-October) Keosauqua

Live Healthy Iowa Strut Your Pup (April-May)


Color Run/Walk and Health Fair

Farmers Market start

Live Healthy Iowa Go the Distance Day (Kids)

Woman and Men Golf Leagues (Riverview Country Club) May-September


Live Healthy Iowa Burst your Thirst (June- July)

Strawberry Festival- (Fun Run) 2nd weekend of the month


Safe and Healthy Kids Fair


Cantril Days- Frisbee Golf Tournament

Bike Van Buren

Slow Pitch Tournament (Cantril Days)


Live Healthy Iowa Step Challenge (September- October)

Local Church Crop Walks

Slow Pitch Tournament (Milton Festival and Stockport BBQ Days)


Friends of Lacey- Fall 5K Run/walk

Live Healthy Iowa/ Iowa Healthiest State Initiative (Fall Walk)

Men’s Basketball- Sundays October-February (Van Buren High School Gym)


Cantril Waubonsie Trail- Light walking trail

Cantril- Winter run/walk


Aerobics- Farmington Monday and Wednesday 5:30

Tia-Chi Classes- Wednesdays 8:30 Keosauqua United Methodist Church

Van Buren County Hospital Diabetic Classes- Quarterly

Iowa State Extension Workshops

To print a copy see our Tips & Resources page.


Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Challenge

January 22nd-March 30th, 2018

Form a team of 2-10 people and elect a captain. The cost is $22 per person. Each person will receive a t-shirt! The group ID for Van Buren County is LHIVANBURENCO.

Team captains register the team at https://livehealthyiowa.org/index.php

For more informaiton or help registering a team, please contact Amanda Payne at 319-293-6276 or amanda.payne@vbch.org.


Farmers Markets! Starting May 2018

Keosauqua Market- Tuesday 4-6 pm City Park

Bonaparte Market- Thursday 3:00-6:00 pm Main Street

Farmington Market- Friday 3:30-6:00 pm shelter along the River

Bentsport Market- Saturday 10-1pm

Healthy Villages Amazon Store! 

When items are purchased through the Healthy Villages Amazon Store, Healthy Villages earns a percentage of the sale!  It cost no more to order through Healthy Villages Amazon Store than it does the normal Amazon Site and you are helping your local Healthy Villages Program!

Community Health Needs Assessment

Van Buren County Hospital and Van Buren County Public Health have completed a Van Buren County Community Health Needs Assessment.  A new Community Health Improvement Plan was developed and can be found on the Van Buren County Hospital website at www.vbch.org


Fitness Center Open Free for Residents to use!

Birmingham- Jet Gas

Cantril- basement of Township Hall

Douds- basement of Methodist Church

Farmington- Indian Lake

Milton- City Hall

Keosauqua- 807 Main Street

Bonaparte- Bonaparte Improvement Associations building (Old Elementary)



Healthy Villages now has rentals available.  There is a $100 refundable deposit on each.

  • Hand washing Station- $30 per day rental fee
  • Pop-up Tents (1)- $25 per day rental fee

Fitness Classes

Group Exercise Classes

Farmington Community Center Monday and Wednesday nights 5:30-6:15 pm

Cardio/resistance Training- Suitable for working at your own pace!

$3 per class paid when attend.  Just bring your own mat everything else will be provided.

Instructor: Robin Kokjohn

Tai Chi Classes

Keosauqua Methodist Church every Tuesday morning from 8:30-9:00 am


No floor work.  Great stretching.  Wear comfortable clothes

Instructor: Lil Perry


Farmers Market

Keosauqua Farmers Market is every Tuesday  4:00-6:00 pm

All Farmers, producers and growers are welcome.  Items have to be homemade or home grown to sell at the market. 

For more infromation or to be a vendor a food vendor at the market contact Melissa Daugherty at 319-293-8727 or by email at melissa.daugherty@vbch.org


Bonaparte Farmers Market every Thursday May-October 3-6:00 pm,.  Located 1st Street Bonparte.

Farmington Farmers Market every Friday June-October 3:30-6:00pm.  Located in the shelter along the river.

Bentensport Farmers Market every Saturday 10-1.  Located in the park.



Blue Zones Project


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Healthy Villages: Corporate Sponsors

  • Libertyville Savings Bank- Bronze Sponsor
  • First Iowa State Bank- Silver Sponsor
  • Hill Phoenix Speciality Products- Gold Sponsor



Food Pantry Partners:

  • Township Grocery- Bonaparte
  • Boyd's Grocery- Keosauqua
  • Job Closet- Food Pantry Bonaparte
  • Heavenly Hands- Food Pantry Keosauqua



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