Research into the places with the highest concentrations of people 100-years-old and older identified five locations worldwide, dubbed "blue zones" and highlighted several traits shared by each of these communities that not only helped them live longer, but also better. The findings were shared in National Geographic Magazine and the New York Times best-selling book, The Blue Zones. The concept of using "blue zone" principles to improve a community's health was born from this research and first implemented in Albert Lea Vitality Project and is coming next to the Beach Cities.
A Healthways | Blue Zones Vitality City is a community-wide well-being improvement initiative to create healthier, happier and more productive citizens. It uses permanent, evidence-based environmental and policy changes to help people adopt and maintain healthier lifestyles. It aims to make the Beach Cities community more walkable, bikable, healthy and socially engaged.
When the healthy choice is the easier choice, people's well-being naturally improves. Changing the environment is the key because changing the environment is easier than changing your habits. Rather than asking residents to walk more, we'll make walking easier and more desirable than driving. By making nutritious, wholesome foods more prevalent and accessible than junk foods, more people will naturally begin to eat healthier.
Evidence shows that making these types of changes can lower health care costs, improve the well-being of residents and make the Beach Cities an even more desirable place to live, work and play. In short, it's an investment in social, environmental, economic and physical well-being.
You can expect improvements to walking and cycling infrastructure, school and workplace policies, restaurant menus, etc., as well as…