Blue Zones Project Results

Blue Zones, the recognized pioneers and innovators in population health, provides the tools to transform environments to drive physical, mental, social, and professional well-being.

Rooted in years of international anthropological research and data-driven results, our world-renowned experts and solutions transform cities and implement sustainable change. Blue Zones Project Communities benefit from better health, significant medical cost savings, productivity improvements, increased economic vitality, and lowered obesity and smoking rates.



Blue Zones Project: ALBERT LEA, MN

This Midwestern city had high smoking rates and low activity levels, and they climbed out of a health and economic crisis with projected lifespans increased by nearly 3 years.

• $7.5 million in savings in annual health care costs for employers.

• 2.9 years added to lifespans within one year of participating in the Blue Zones Project.

• The Downtown Streetscape revitalization has increased private investment, tourism, and the tax base.

Learn more about Blue Zones Project in Albert Lea, MN.

Blue Zones Project: BEACH CITIES, CA

These three beach cities in Southern California continue to show dramatic improvements since launching with Blue Zones Project in 2010.

• 68% drop in childhood obesity rates at Redondo Beach K-5 schools.

• 15% drop in adult obesity and overweight rates. 

• 36% drop in smoking

Significant daily stress has dropped 10 percent since 2010. 

A significant unhealthy indicator in the Beach Cities was significant daily stress, higher than the national average.

Learn more about Blue Zones Project in the Beach Cities.


Blue Zones Project: FORT WORTH, TX

Since the launch of the Blue Zones Project, Fort Worth’s health has risen dramatically.

• 31 percent decrease in smoking, Fort Worth’s smoking rate now stands at 13.5 percent.

• 9-point increase in residents who exercise at least 30 minutes three or more days of the week, now at 62 percent.

• More than 58 percent of Fort Worth respondents are now categorized as “thriving” in their general evaluations of their lives, an increase of 7.3 points. Fort Worth’s overall 2018 Well-Being Index score rose to 62.5, a gain of nearly four points since 2014, when the city began working with Blue Zones Project®. Meanwhile the U.S. Well-Being Index score—which outpaced the Fort Worth score by 3 points in 2014—is 61.3, a decline of 0.5 over the same period.

Learn more about Blue Zones Project in Fort Worth, TX.


Blue Zones Project: SPENCER, IA

After launching Blue Zones Project, Spencer, IA saw:

 11% improvement in fruit and vegetable consumption

• Workers’ healthcare claims reduced by 20 percent

Metabolic syndrome
risk factors fell from 43 percent to 13 percent at the Spencer Hospital.

From 2010-2015, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®, Iowa outpaced the nation in overall well-being, improving at twice the rate of the national average.

Learn more about Blue Zones Project in Spencer, IA 

Blue Zones Principles

Backed by science, proven over time, the Blue Zones approach works.  Rooted in years of international anthropological research and data-driven results, the experts at Blue Zones and Blue Zones Project use longevity and happiness secrets gleaned from real places and real people to inspire lifestyle changes with lasting effects.

Environment-First: Context matters. Blue Zones is committed to building a nation of happy and healthy communities. Starting with the immediate environment, we work with businesses, schools, environmentalists, city planners, and residents to engineer safer, healthier environments. We know the power of what can happen when the healthy option becomes the accessible, easy option. Optimizing our surroundings allows individual behavior shifts to happen more naturally, lifting everyone up to be their best.

Reduce Healthcare Costs: Blue Zones doesn’t just provide the tools to transform environments, it’s a game changer that drives real business results. Fostering mental, physical, social and professional well-being, the Blue Zones method results in a reduction in healthcare costs and improved workforce productivity.

Impact the Community: Of course we all want our communities to be happy and healthy. Blue Zones knows how to actually pull it off. We have the tools to better engage citizens, businesses, schools and other community organizations to incite real change, transform the environment and enable sustainable, meaningful growth.

Transforming the System: We’re all about creating a nation of healthy and happy people starting with the health systems, structures, and cultures that they interact with most. We help provide the right resources and pathways for individual and systemic success, improving efficacy and elevating collective potential.

Be a Part of Real Change: Join forces with other businesses, citizens, schools, employers, restaurants and community leaders to reach beyond the walls of your office and be a part of sustainable change. Deepen your connection with the community to foster transformation, inspire purpose, and see measurable results.

“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 Project in the Beach Cities, California

“Lessons from Blue Zones: Business Engagement in Building Healthy Communities”

National Institute of Medicine

“Decreasing the Cost of Care by Avoiding Illness”

New England Journal of Medicine

“Models and Innovations: Albert Lea Blue Zones Project”

Rural Health Information Hub

“How three SoCal beach cities help clear the path for healthful choices”

Los Angeles Times
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“Beach Blue Zones miracle: Beach Cities show big health gains”

Easy Reader News

“The secret all cities can learn from Albert Lea, Minnesota”

Twin Cities Agenda
Mobile Study Tour Vancouver

“The Minnesota Miracle”


“Designing Communities for Longevity: The Blue Zones Project”

USA Streets

“Smoke-Free and filled with Blue Zones makes for healthier Fort Worth”

The Star Telegram

“… the results are stunning.”

-Dr. Walter C. Willett, Harvard School of Public Health