Activate Lowell

The Well-Being Movement in Lowell

A Tufts Medicine – Blue Zones Collaboration

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


Tufts Medicine Lowell General Hospital is bringing together civic, business, and community leaders to work with Blue Zones to begin a community assessment in Lowell that would determine how to make it a healthier place to live, work, grow up, and grow old.


Lowell General Hospital has spent over a hundred years working with community partners and activists to build a healthier community in Lowell. Tufts Medicine is addressing unmet community needs to make the region one of the healthiest places in the country and sees Blue Zones as a powerful partner to accelerate community transformation in Lowell.


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

In this phase, Blue Zones global experts are performing a Readiness Assessment, a structured exploration of Lowell. They are working with our local community leaders and organizations to learn and assess the state of our well-being. Becoming a Blue Zones Community is a three-phase process, and the Readiness Assessment is the first step.



The Well-Being Movement in Lowell

A Tufts Medicine – Blue Zones Collaboration Community Leadership Event
Several events took place in Lowell September 13-15, 2022, with over 120 community members participating. Events included a Community Leadership Keynote Event, a Blue Zones Value Presentation, various facilitated focus groups, and finally, a debrief conversation between the Blue Zones team and the Well-Being Movement in Lowell Steering Committee.

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What We Do


Blue Zones experts collaborated with leaders to assess readiness and build a plan for change. We shared our final assessment report and proposal with the Steering Committee on November 15, 2022. Read the report of our findings below.

Read the Assessment, Readiness & Feasibility Report

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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 an interactive Blue Zones® Life Challenge. All are available for free to all community members 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 team is comprised of a range of inspirational, innovative community transformation and well-being experts.

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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

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

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Join the movement that will make healthy choices easier in Lowell. 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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