Naomi Imatome-Yun

GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey: Grit, Growth, and Purpose

By October 26, 2020

Matthew McConaughey’s memoir might just be one of the best surprises of 2020. Greenlights is based on over three decades of his personal journals, and is sprinkled throughout with clips of pages and writings and photos. In the popular imagination, the Oscar winner’s reputation is colorful and carefree: the shirtless Texan who annoys his suburban neighbors by smoking weed and playing his bongos naked in the middle of the night. In a year full of movie plot twists, it takes only a few pages into Greenlights before you see that this is not the celebrity memoir you thought it…

Pottawatomie County Becomes First Certified Blue Zones Community® in Oklahoma

By September 4, 2020

Using secrets discovered in the original blue zones—rare longevity hotspots around the world where people are thriving into their 100s—we help people live longer, better®  through community transformation programs that lower healthcare costs, improve productivity, and boost national recognition as great places to live, work, and play. Pottawatomie County is now a certified Blue Zones Community®, the first in the state of Oklahoma. Pottawatomie County residents are now healthier, smoking rates are now lower, students are now more active, and people report greater community pride than before. “I am so proud of the entire Blue Zones Project Pottawatomie County team. Every…

NEWS: Childhood Obesity Dropped 68% in Beach Cities Blue Zones Project While National Numbers Rise

By July 2, 2020

In 2007, 1 in 5 Redondo Beach elementary school students were obese, higher than both Los Angeles County and national numbers.  Redondo Beach Unified School District started initiatives to tackle the childhood obesity crisis and looked for innovations to help. In 2010, the Beach Cities Health District was selected as a Blue Zones Project® demonstration site, resulting in community-wide efforts to make the healthy choice the easy choice through semi-permanent and permanent changes to the environment. Over the course of 12 years and with the help of BCHD, LiveWell Kids, Blue Zones Project, local organizations, and community participation, the obesity…

Bikes Lead the Way During this Pandemic and Other Crises

By April 6, 2020

We are seeing a surge in bicycling during the global Coronavirus (COVID-19)  pandemic, especially in urban centers and major cities around the world. This is not a new phenomenon — in times of major catastrophes, bikes often shine as a practical form of transportation. The current crisis has exposed many of the vulnerabilities that exist in our systems and infrastructure, but it has also brought bikes to the forefront as a resilient and essential form of transportation. As city streets emptied of cars and people avoid public transport to practice social distancing, walking and bicycling are suddenly the safest and…