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Activate Pierce County, Washington

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


MultiCare Health System, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, and Pierce County, along with local leaders, are working with Blue Zones to begin a community assessment in Pierce County that would determine how to make it a healthier place to live, work, grow up, and grow old.

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MultiCare Health System has served the communities of Pierce County for nearly 140 years — and we understand that our communities need more than just accessible health care to be truly healthy. We have a long history of partnering with other like-minded organizations that are working in innumerable ways to improve the health and wellness of our region. Joining together with Blue Zones and Pierce County to help make this county a healthier place to live and work aligns with our organizational mission of Partnering for Healing and a Healthy Future and we are proud to be a part of this effort.
At Pierce County, our mission is to build strong communities. To do this, it is critically important that all our residents have access to clean air and water, healthy food, attainable housing, beautiful spaces to recreate, great schools, and a strong economy. We are excited to embark on this important journey with Blue Zones and MultiCare Health System, and look forward to seeing the results our residents will enjoy.

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

Blue Zones global experts are performing a Readiness Assessment, a structured exploration of Pierce County. 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.



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Pierce County Community Kickoff Event

On Monday, September 27th the Blue Zones team of national experts began their assessment of our community.

Watch the Full Event | Watch the Keynote | Watch the Townhall Q&A | Watch Closing Remarks


What We Do

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Blue Zones experts collaborated with leaders to assess readiness and build a plan for change. Read the report of our findings below.

Blue Zones Parkland-Spanaway Assessment, Readiness, and 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

Former 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 Pierce 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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The Blue Zones Project Approach

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The Story of Lynn Stansbury

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We've launched Blue Zones Project in Parkland-Spanaway!

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