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.
Blue Zones engages individual community members through online health and well-being assessments, the True Vitality® Test and True Happiness® Test, the Blue Zones® Life Challenge. 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.
The Blue Zones Activate team is comprised of a range of inspirational, innovative community transformation and well-being experts.
Allison Troyer Wiswell 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.
“In an age when poor health seems so intractable, you’ve taken this community from a place of resignation to a place of hope.”
Former U.S. Surgeon General after his orientation to the Blue Zones work in the Beach Cities, California
The nation’s top bikeability, walkability, liveability experts are assessing streets and city planning in Barry County to create the framework for a well-being policy bundle that will transform where we live, work, grow up, and grow old.
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.
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.
Using evidence-based lessons of longevity from the blue zones, we optimize the Life Radius, where we live, work, learn, and play.
Blue Zones Activate focuses on optimizing the Life Radius or the area close to home where we spend 90 percent of our lives.
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.