A Need for Reform of the Traditional Health Care Model

  • With the surmounting costs of treating chronic conditions and health care reform driving a shift to wellness care and prevention, solutions are needed that provide medically-guided wellness and that will ignite positive lifestyle changes.
  • Two-thirds of the $2 trillion spent annually on health care in the United States goes toward treatment of largely preventable diseases.
  •  The U.S. investment in disease prevention is less than five cents per health care dollar. As a nation, we spend far more on health care than any other developed country in the world, yet our mortality rate is not keeping pace with many other nations due, in part, to our minimal investment in prevention.
  •  Over 90 percent of health care funding goes toward treating people once they are sick, driving up human and economic costs.
  •  Almost half of the American adult population has at least one chronic illness.
  •  Persistent chronic conditions leave in their wake deaths that could have been prevented, lifelong disability, reduced quality of life and escalating costs.

About Our Company

Healthy Living Centers of America (HLCA) is a pioneer in medically-based fitness with a focus on wellness and prevention and the creator of the Healthy Living Center concept of care integration.
Since 1989, the principals of HLCA have forged strategic relationships with leading health care providers throughout the United States and have developed over two million square feet of medical and commercial real estate. Through their experience, they recognized the need for a medically integrated delivery model that promotes and supports personal health management. Forging a partnership with a local health care system and the YMCA, they opened the first Healthy Living Center YMCA in Clive, Iowa in June 2009.
Healthy Living Center programs coordinate care with physicians and care providers with a focus on wellness and prevention. Therapies and activities encouraging positive lifestyle changes and behavior modification are provided in a supportive environment that delivers measurable improvements and outcomes.
HLCA provides development, operational, financing and ownership solutions which deliver a supportive environment that ignites the spirit, engages the mind and strengthens the body.



Jon Garnaas is Co-Founder and Co-Principal of Healthy Living Centers of America – an innovative YMCA/Medical Partner response to the need for coordinated efforts to deliver a patient/member-centered, physician driven, medically integrated, and outcomes based model for wellness and prevention. For the past 25 years, Jon has led the development and delivery throughout the United States of over 1.5 million square feet of medical space. The sustained success of these projects was grounded in strategic vision relationships with the respective health care provider. Through this experience, Jon recognized the need for a medically integrated complementary delivery model that promotes and supports personal health management. With additional background as a member of the YMCA for three decades, Jon forged a partnership with a local health care provider and the YMCA delivering the first YMCA Healthy Living Center in Clive, Iowa in June, 2009. With that venue as the foundation, Healthy Living Centers of America was then formed by Jon and Luke Garnaas to deepen the impact of the Clive YMCA Healthy Living Center and also deliver development, operational, financing, and integration solutions to other cities. Jon’s ministry is grounded in delivering supportive environments that ignite the Spirit, engage the Mind, and strengthen the Body, building confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth. Jon’s professional background also includes senior management positions in the banking industry; he served as a Vice President for First Bank, Minneapolis and First Bank System, Inc., Minneapolis and Senior Vice President for First Interstate Bancorp of Iowa, Des Moines. Jon’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. He has also completed programs through the Darden School of Commercial Lending, University of Virginia, and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University. Jon has been recognized for his commitment to the community as the 2008 Clive Citizen of the Year Award Winner and as a finalist in the 2009 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Jon is currently on the board of the Wilian Holding Company, Des Moines Performing Arts, Liberty Healthy Living Community, LLC, and the Clive Community Foundation. He serves on the Clive Citizen Review Committee and is a past board member of Des Moines University.



Luke Garnaas has built a development portfolio that includes hotel, retail and professional office space, as well as primary care and multi-specialty medical buildings. Through his experience, Luke has become knowledgeable in all facets of development – from ground control and construction to financing, leasing and management. Luke earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado and now resides in Des Moines, Iowa with his growing family. Luke takes an active role in the development of the community by serving as President of the First Tee of Greater Des Moines and past board member for the Des Moines Kiwanis Club. He has also volunteered with Junior Achievement of Central Iowa and The American Cancer Society. Luke’s personal pursuits reflect his passion for his career: Landing fish and developing his competitive handball skills.


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