Blue Zones Project
This initiative aims to create a beach cities community that is more walkable, bikable, healthy and socially engaged - where the healthy choice is the easier, more appealing choice.
Impact of the Blue Zones Project
After two years (2010-2012) of working to improve the health and well-bieing of Beach Cities residents, the Blue Zones Project has been successful in creating real change. View the latest improvements measured through the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index:
Evidence shows that making these types of changes can lower health care costs, improve the well-being of residents and make the beach cities an even more desirable place to live, work and play. In short, it’s an investment in social, environmental, economic and physical well-being.
How it Works
Changes will be initiated throughout the beach cities, primarily on an environmental level. Rather than asking residents to walk more, it will make walking easier and more desirable than driving. It will make nutritious, wholesome foods more prevalent and accessible than junk foods, rather than telling residents to eat healthier.
The Blue Zones Project model coordinates strong existing programs, brings in experts to inspire, train and provide innovative best practices, and ultimately organizes them to provide greater options for physical, emotional, and social health.
Residents can expect improvements to walking and cycling infrastructure, school and workplace policies, and restaurant menus, as well as opportunities to improve social connectedness through things like walking groups, volunteering, gardening and more.
Work is already underway. The Blue Zones Project initiative is a three-year process that begins with engaging leaders and understanding what strong programs already exist, then transitions to civic engagement, transformation and innovation.
How to get involved and find more information
Find more details at http://www.bluezonesproject.com and sign up to receive more information about the Blue Zones Project as it becomes available. You can also email at http://www.bluezonesproject.com/contact.