Blue Zones Project

Using secrets discovered in the original Blue Zones—rare longevity hotspots around the world—we help transform communities into thriving places to live, work, eat, and play.

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MAKING THE HEALTHY CHOICE THE EASY CHOICE

Almost all Americans spend 90% of our lives within 20 miles of home. That is where we focus, using evidence-based lessons of longevity known as the Blue Zones Power 9.

We improve street and park designs, public policy, and social involvement so that it’s easy for people to make healthy choices.

Our success in cities, businesses, and states across America makes Blue Zones Project a proven model for transforming the health of large populations.

BLUE ZONES PROJECT COMMUNITIES HAVE EXPERIENCED:

Double digit drops in obesity, smoking, and BMI (body mass index)

Millions of dollars of savings in healthcare costs

Measurable drops in employee absenteeism

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“…the results are stunning.”

- Dr Walter C. Willett, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Beach Cities, California

Reduced obesity by 14% and tobacco use by 30%

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Albert Lea, Minnesota

Reduced health care claims by 49% and increased life expectancy by 3 years

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Spencer, Iowa

50% of city workers eliminated one disease risk factor

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Waterloo, Iowa

City’s Complete Streets policy was named one of country’s best

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“The Blue Zones Project helped our community set amazing, aggressive, and achievable strategies that moved the Public Health agenda further in 10 months than what I could have expected in 10 years.”

– Lois Ahern, Director of Freeborn County Health (retired), Albert Lea, MN


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A COMMUNITY-WIDE APPROACH TO WELL-BEING

We don’t just rely on individual behavior change. We improve community health by making permanent and semi-permanent changes on multiple levels. We improve or optimize city streets (smoking policies, bike lanes, sidewalks), public spaces (parks, lakes, walking paths), schools (cafeterias, safe walking paths to school), restaurants, grocery stores, employers, faith-based organizations, and community involvement.

EFFECTIVE . IMPACTFUL . SUSTAINABLE .

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READY TO HELP TRANSFORM YOUR COMMUNITY?

Successful communities have a champion(s) that leads the process of securing funding and educating and driving community stakeholder interest.

Past and current project champions include health insurance executives, public health officials, and community leaders.

They all have one thing in common: they have the vision to change their community.

GET IN TOUCH

Projects are deployed through our partnership with both Healthways and regional sponsor(s). The projects are publicly supported, privately funded, and run for 3-10 years.

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