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Algona chosen as Blue Zones demonstration site

Algona named as a Blue Zones Project demonstration site

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Healthways announced on October 9 that nine additional communities have been named as Blue zones Project demonstration sites in Iowa.

These communities are the first with populations of less than 10,000 citizens to be named. Algona was one of the nine chosen, along with Audubon, Decorah, Fairfield, Harlan, Osage, Red Oak, Spirit Lake and Woodbine. These communities join Cedar Falls, Mason City, Spencer and Waterloo, which were named in May as the first Blue Zones Project demonstration sites in Iowa with populations greater than 10,000 citizens.

The selected communities will receive assistance from experts to develop and implement a blueprint for making permanent environmental, social and policy changes that transition people into healthier behaviors that can lead to longer, happier lives.

The Blue Zones Project is based on Blue Zones principles developed by Dan Buettner and is the centerpiece of the Healthiest State Initiative to make Iowa the healthiest state by 2016, as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the first-ever daily assessment of U.S. residents’ health and well-being. The Blue Zones Project employs evidence-based ways to help people live longer, better lives by taking a systematic, environmental approach to well-being, which focusing on optimizing policy, social networks and built environments where we spend our time.

For more information on the project, visit www.bluezonesproject.com.