What if you had the opportunity to create a city where the healthiest choices were also the easiest ones to make? Imagine a place where it’s easy to buy fresh produce from grocery stores and farmers’ markets, not only because it’s more affordable, but also because it’s more accessible than a fast food restaurant.
Here it’s easier to bike than drive thanks to better bike lanes providing safe and direct access to work, shopping centers, and parks, all without the hassle of public parking. This community designed for health and well-being also makes it easier for your kids to play outside with safe school playgrounds available to the public during non-school hours.
This is a city built for active living. It’s an environment where public policies provide people with healthy opportunities, giving them a supportive nudge toward eating better and moving more naturally. This is a Blue Zones Community™.
You’re probably asking yourself if such a community exists? The answer is YES, through the Blue Zones Project™. The Blue Zones Project™ is a community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy, and social networks.
Its mission is to lead and ignite community-by-community well-being transformation, where people live and work together in Blue Zones Communities™ for a better life.
By taking an environmental approach to well-being improvement, we have an opportunity to create real change in communities. This kind of change sparks people’s deepest desires to live well while giving them the tools to do so.
These tools are based on nine healthy lifestyle habits shared by the people living in the original Blue Zones® areas. Called the Power 9®, they help people live healthier and happier longer. These nine small, easy steps fit into a few categories and can be practiced anywhere. They include Moving Naturally, Right Outlook, Eating Wisely and Belonging. People in Blue Zones® areas have enjoyed greater well-being and longevity for generations—and now you can too!