Blue Zones Project site visit set for Oct. 11
A panel is scheduled to visit Douglas County next week as part of a competitive application process to identify Oregon’s second Blue Zones Project demonstration community. This designation brings resources to help individuals, organizations and whole communities choose healthy activities that enable residents to live longer, with lower rates of chronic disease and a higher quality of life.
Blue Zones Project representatives will visit the county on Oct. 11. If selected, Douglas County will become home to a well-being initiative guided by a local Blue Zones Project team and local residents, all with the goal of earning community certification.
“Driven by each community’s goals and vision, Blue Zones Project has inspired well-being planning, activities and success in 27 sites across the country, including Klamath Falls, Oregon,” said Aaron Patnode, Blue Zones Project Oregon executive director. “Building off the work happening in Klamath Falls, we are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to a second Oregon community.”
Brought to Oregon in 2015 by lead funder Cambia Health Foundation, the Blue Zones Project is an initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through changes to environments, policies and social networks. Through this work, communities can lower health care costs, improve productivity and boost national recognition as great places to live, learn, work and play. Klamath Falls is about to enter its second year as Oregon’s first Blue Zones Project demonstration community.
Communities are evaluated for eligibility on the basis of need, population size, readiness and funding. Douglas County’s application was led by a broad selection of local agencies and coordinated by Douglas Education Service District. It’s supported by county leaders in government, business, cultural and social service groups.
“Our goal is to increase healthy options associated with longevity,” said Douglas ESD Assistant Superintendent Pat Sublette. “By bringing together residents, work sites, schools, restaurants, grocery stores and government, Blue Zones Project will inspire a community movement that has the power to improve the quality of life for everyone.”
For more information on the initiative, visit https://oregon.bluezonesproject.com/.