(Council Bluffs) Six southwest Iowa communities have survived the first cut to become Blue Zone Project Demonstration sites.
Glenwood, Woodbine, Harlan, Red Oak, Denison and Atlantic are among 58-cities-out-of 84-selected to move forward in the application process. Bethany Rodgers, Cass County Wellness Coordinator says the fact that Atlantic is still in the running is really exciting.
“Blue Zones are the locations where people live the longest, healthiest, and happiest lifestyles,” says Rodgers. “The government caught on to this and they want to make Iowa the healthiest state. Along with this, they want to make certain communities start up blue Zones and Atlantic is in the running, which is very exciting.”
Rodgers encourages citizens of the community to go online, or text their pledge support stating that they want Atlantic to be the next Blue Zone community.
“The biggest thing is getting pledges to prove to the Blue Zone group that our citizens want this to become a realization.” Said Rodgers.
Rodgers says community members can go online at: www.bluezoneproject.com/citizens/signup, or text: bzp772937.
About 10-Iowa Communities will receive assistance in developing and implementing a blue print for making permanent environmental, policy and social changes to help ensure healthier behaviors.
The Blue Zone Project is a joint venture between Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa and Healthways Communications.
December 1, 2011