Blue Zones

Live Longer, Better

Blue Zones Project in the Beach Cities of California

In 2010, Blue Zones partnered with Healthways and expanded the community initiative to California.

Out of 55 competing cities, only three were chosen, Hermosa, Redondo and Manhattan Beach, California Beach Cities located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean about 30 minutes southwest of Los Angeles.

Community Engagement

After a Gallup poll of 188 cities showed the Beach Cities scoring 176th in stress, 160th in anger and 178th in worry, the Beach Cities Health District decided it was time for a change.  With support from citizens, the communities implemented Blue Zone’s methods and made a variety of changes throughout their environments.

Community Successes

  • All three cities adopted the Livable Streets Plan and the Bicycle Master Plan, including construction of a pedestrian corridor along the main route people use for their work commute
  • Smoking ban implemented at beaches and other outdoor areas, such as public parks, dining areas and parking lots
  • 134 employers adapted their policies and programs to create a work environment where the healthier choice was the easier choice
  • 42 restaurants optimized their menus to encourage people to eat better – mindlessly
  • 10 schools instituted walking school buses, adult led groups of kids who walk to school daily

Citizens

  • 150 Walking Moais formed, connecting 1,450 former strangers who now walk together weekly
  • 466 people started volunteering and put in 850 volunteering hours since May 2011

 

Media
Beach Cities Are Getting Healthier, Data Show
The Blue Zones Makeover: A Family Story
Gaining Vitality: How The “Blue Zones Makeover” Changed Lives
Live Longer, Better – The Blue Zones Makeover Team
Vitality City Explains Power of Purpose
The Beach Cities’ Quest for Longer, Healthier Lives
Beach Cities Makeovers Bump Up the Activity
Beach Cities’ Next Wave: Getting Healthier

Resources
Blue Zones Project™
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index