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Activate Barry County, Michigan

We are taking part in the global movement that has improved health and well-being for entire communities and cities. This new way of thinking and working will enhance the places we live, work, learn, and play.


Barry Community Foundation, along with local leaders, is working with Blue Zones to Activate Barry County to make it a healthier place to live, work, grow up, and grow old.

Invited to Barry County by the B. Healthy Food Council, Blue Zones is excited to partner with the county to change the culture of well-being in the community.


Blue Zones is the proven innovator for improving the well-being of large populations, with remarkable success in cities, businesses, and states across America.


What We Do

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Our community-led initiatives are so effective because we create lasting impact by changing the environment in which people live, work, and play. Creating a healthier environment is the foundation to reducing healthcare claims and costs, increasing workforce productivity, and changing the culture of well-being in the community.  Becoming a Blue Zones community is a three-phase process, and Phase II of Blue Zones Activate begins the foundational work of improving food policy and built environment policies immediately.

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Blue Zones engages individual community members through online health and well-being assessments, the True Vitality® Test and True Happiness® Test, and the Blue Zones® Life Plan. All are available for free to all residents as part of the program. These customized online tools are designed to help raise individual awareness surrounding personal health and well-being, with the goal of increasing overall life expectancy.

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The Blue Zones Activate team is comprised of a range of inspirational, innovative community transformation and well-being experts.

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Catherine Getty is the local Barry County Activate Director. Over the course of the Blue Zones Activate initiative, she will work with local leaders, the local steering committee, and Blue Zones experts to develop built environment and food policy strategies that will improve the health of everyone in Barry County.

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“In an age when poor health seems so intractable, you’ve taken this community from a place of resignation to a place of hope.”

Dr. Vivek Murthy

Former U.S. Surgeon General after his orientation to the Blue Zones work in the Beach Cities, California


Activate Barry County Events

Check out the Blue Zones Activate Barry County Facebook page for an up-to-date list of our community events.


Activate Barry County in the News

Barry County Community Foundation and Blue Zones are beginning the transformative work of making Barry County a healthier, more accessible place to live, work, play, grow up, and grow old.

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Join the movement that will make healthy choices easier in Barry County. Together, we can make our community a healthier, happier place to live, work, and play.

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Using evidence-based lessons of longevity from the blue zones, we optimize the Life Radius, where we live, work, learn, and play.


Life Radius

Blue Zones Activate focuses on optimizing the Life Radius or the area close to home where we spend 90 percent of our lives.

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Residents of the original blue zones regions live in very different parts of the world. Yet they have nine commonalities that lead to longer, healthier lives.

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