Blue Zones

Live Longer, Better

Blue Zones Project in Iowa

As part of Iowa’s initiative to become the healthiest state in the nation by 2016, select communities are participating in a transformation process and becoming Blue Zones Communities, where people live longer, better.  Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue and Healthways co-sponsor this state-wide project, publicly endorsed by the governor of Iowa.


The cities of Cedar Falls, Mason City, Spencer and Waterloo made it through the intensive selection process and in May 2012 became the first Blue Zones Project demonstration sites.  The decision was based on both citizen and town leadership support.  Six additional communities will be selected as Blue Zones Project Demonstration sites in the next year.

Video Courtesy of Wellmark®


Lynn Stansbery shares her story of how the Cedar Rapids Blue Zones Project has changed her life.

Mason City

Pat Otto, Kyle Peterson, and Jessy Willadsen share their experience working for the City of Mason City which made changes to encourage employee well-being and has been named a Blue Zones Worksite®. 


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