(ATLANTIC) Atlantic is still in the running to become a Blue Zones Community. The State Bluzones Team is soon expected to announce city’s with a population over 10,000 that are in the running to become a Blue Zone Community, but don’t let this confuse you. Kate Olson, Cass County Extension Program Coordinator, says cities with a population of less than 10,000 will be announced later this spring.
“Basically what is sounds like, from talking to the Blue Zones Team at the state level, is that they’ve realized how resources are different between the larger communities and the smaller communities so what they’re kind of going to do is go back to the drawing board and tailor their response for the communities under 10,000 to be a little bit more responsive,” said Olson. “They realize those communities handle things a little bit differently. The one size fits all approach they were kind of looking to do across the state is just not going to work for some of the smaller communities.”
Bethany Rogers, Cass County Wellness Coordinator, says 18% of people have pledged for Atlantic to become a Blue Zone Community and everyone is encouraged to continue to pledge.
“If we can keep upping that percentage it’s just going to help us have a better chance and also I think it’s exciting because this gives us a little more time to get the word out to those people we haven’t quite reached yet,” said Rogers.
The Blue Zones Project is a collaboration between Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Healthways to help make Iowa #1 in the nation for well-being as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index. You can pledge your support at www.bluezonesproject.com.