Douglas ESD achieves Blue Zones Project milestone

Douglas ESD staff receive honors from Blue Zones Project Umpqua.

August 28, 2018 – Douglas Education Service District has been named the first Blue Zones Project Approved worksite in the Umpqua Valley, an honor that recognizes the ESD’s commitment to the well-being of our employees and the community as a whole.


Douglas ESD has had an extensive and early investment in the improvement of the well-being of the community through Blue Zones Project. Former ESD Assistant Superintendent Pat Sublette spearheaded the application to become a Blue Zones Project Demonstration Community on behalf of local leaders. We are proud to be a local funder along with The Ford Family Foundation, CHI Mercy Health, Oregon Community Foundation, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Umpqua Health and ADAPT.


The milestone was celebrated at the ESD’s in-service day Aug. 24 at Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville. Blue Zones Project-Umpqua representatives conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark Douglas ESD’s achievement.  


“We are honored to receive this recognition from Blue Zones Project Umpqua,” said ESD Superintendent Michael Lasher. “Our staff has worked diligently over the past several years to integrate healthful practices into our workplace culture, and I am proud of their progress. We look forward to making additional strides toward well-being.”


To reach approval, the Douglas ESD implemented evidence-based best practices from around the country that focus on moving more, eating better, connecting socially, and finding purpose.


"With their efforts, Douglas Education Service District is not only making a statement to their employees, but to the community at-large, by being an example of an organization prioritizing well-being,” said John Dimof, Organization Lead for Blue Zones Project-Umpqua.