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Blue Zones Project

Blue Zones principles at work in American communities

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Albert Lea, Minnesota

In 2009, a statistically average American city underwent an extraordinary transformation. Find out how the first Blue Zones community shed 12,000 pounds, slashed healthcare costs, and added over three years to their average life expectancy.

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Beach Cities, California

Hermosa, Redondo and Manhattan Beach citizens suffered from high stress and an addiction to automobiles. Today they are happier, healthier and more engaged with their community than ever before.

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State of Iowa

Iowa is aiming to become the healthiest state by 2016, and we’re helping them do it. Several towns have received Blue Zones certification and are already seeing well-being rise and healthcare costs fall. Here’s how.

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Our Approach

The Blue Zones Project is a systems approach in which citizens, schools, employers, restaurants, grocery stores and community leaders collaborate on policies and programs that move the community towards better health and well-being.

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Upcoming Blue Zones City Projects

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