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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Health groups back Iowa sales tax for natural resources

DES MOINES (Lee News) — A coalition of organizations supporting a state sales tax increase for water quality and natural resources programs has added health advocates to its growing list of supporters.

The coalition, Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy, announced its new supporters Thursday at a news conference at a downtown Des Moines YMCA.

The new groups supporting the sales tax increase include the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association and the Iowa Public Health Association.

“We are proud to join the (Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy) coalition, standing up for Iowa’s water quality and giving all Iowans the opportunity to get out and get moving,” said Seth Johnson, campaign coordinator for the American Heart Association. The coalition’s plan “to provide new outdoor recreation opportunities will increase physical activity and reduce Iowans’ risk for a number of health conditions, including our No. 1 killer, heart disease and stroke.”

The coalition supports funding the state’s Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation fund, which was established by voters in 2010 but has not been funded by state lawmakers.

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