Iowa City Mayor Matt Hayek will travel to Washington, D.C. to represent Iowa City at the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, July 13.

Hayek will join four other panelists to discuss various topics related to healthy aging in America. The discussion will be directed by Dr. Michael Smith, chief medical editor of the website WebMD. Other panelists include Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General of the United States; motivational speaker and author Diana Nyad, who was the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida at the age of 63; Kevin Washington, president and CEO of YMCA of the USA; and Fernando Torres-Gil, author and Director of the Center for Policy Research on Aging at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

In 2014, Iowa City was ranked number one in the category of “Top 20 Small Metros” in a Milken Institute survey on Best Cities for Successful Aging, prompting panel organizers to reach out to Hayek and leaders of communities with similar priorities that focus on aging Americans.

The panel will discuss how to promote health and prevent disease and injury; optimize cognitive and behavioral health and maximize independence in homes and communities. Mayor Hayek will discuss the steps that Iowa City has taken to support healthy aging in the community.

The conference will be streamed live at

For more information, contact City of Iowa City Administrative Analyst Simon Andrew at 319-356-5010 or

Date of publication

Friday, July 10, 2015