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Benvenuto's Italian Grill Named Blue Zones Project Approved Restaurant

Feb 28, 2018 12:18PM ● Published by Jim

Photo (Left to Right): Benvenuto's Sous Chef Mike Burch; Kim Miller, President and CEO of Beaver Dam Community Hospital; Chad Webster, Benvenuto's VP of Operations; Benvenuto's Director of Culinary Chef Ty Arvold; Christa Elgersma, Benvenuto's Assistant General Manager; Michelle Franke, Benvenuto's General Manager; Tonya Clark, Benvenuto's President; Keith Hill, Blue Zones Project Dodge County Organization Lead; Leslie Covell Hershberger, Blue Zones Project Community Program Manager; Benvenuto's Head Chef Russell Vant Hoff.

Benvenuto's Italian Grill Named Blue Zones Project Approved Restaurant

By:  Janelle Wiebelhaus-Finger - Blue Zones Dodge County

Benvenuto's Italian Grill held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate its status as a Blue Zones Project Approved(tm) restaurant. This achievement demonstrates the restaurant's commitment to supporting the well-being of their customers.

"We have always strived to offer healthier choices for our guests. For us it was a no brainer to get involved with Blue Zones Project", says Chad Webster, Benvenuto's Vice President & Director of Operations. "In the short amount of time that we've been associated with Blue Zones Project I've been witness to the positive effects it has had on our staff, our customers, and myself. It's a very exciting time for us at Benvenuto's".

The most obvious change customers will see when they dine at any of Benvenuto's six locations is additional healthy plant-based options, denoted on the menu by blue check marks. Two new entrée selections added to the menu include Zucchini Spaghetti and the Butternut Curry Bowl. The Butternut Curry Bowl has become a top seller amongst the regular favorites customers have come to love. Additionally, patrons have five healthy side options to choose from on the menu and the children's menu now offers a Whole Wheat Pasta Marinara option.

The restaurant sources locally grown fruits and vegetables to feature on their seasonal menu. Salad dressings and condiments are served on the side when appropriate and guests always have the option of splitting meals at no extra charge, which follows the Blue Zones principle of hara hachi bu - the 2,500 year-old Confucian mantra from Okinawa said before meals to remind people to stop eating when they are 80 percent full. To encourage customers and employees to move naturally to and from Benvenuto's, a bicycle rack has been added near the main entrance.

"The creativity that Benvenuto's displayed incorporating even more fresh produce into new-Italian concepts is impressive", said Keith Hill, Organization Lead for Blue Zones Project Dodge County. "To roll out this initiative in all six of their current locations demonstrates a sincere company-wide commitment to the well-being of their guests".

Blue Zones Project is brought to Dodge County through sponsorship by Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, in collaboration with Sharecare®, Inc. and Blue Zones, LLC. Dodge County is the first Blue Zones Project demonstration site in the state.

For details about becoming a Blue Zones Project Approved organization or general information about Blue Zones Project, Dodge County, call 920-212-8511, or visit

About Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Inc.

Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Inc. is an independent, non-profit healthcare organization whose mission is to deliver excellence across a continuum of services to patients in the region of Dodge, Columbia and Fond du Lac counties, Wisconsin. BDCH offers a comprehensive continuum of services to people of all ages, including primary and specialty care, obstetric and inpatient acute care, outpatient surgery and oncology services, emergency services, rehabilitation, independent and assisted living, home care, hospice, long-term care, wound care, urology, orthopedics and sports medicine, interventional radiology, occupational health, pain management, breast health services and women's health, community education, sleep medicine, and day care for children. For more information, visit

About Blue Zones Project
Blue Zones Project® is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to a city's environment, policy, and social networks. Established in 2010, Blue Zones Project is inspired by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author who identified five regions of the world-or Blue Zones®-with the highest concentration of people living to 100 years or older. Blue Zones Project incorporates Buettner's findings and works with cities to implement policies and programs that will move a community toward optimal health and well-being. Currently, 42 communities in nine states have joined Blue Zones Project, impacting more than 3.3 million Americans nationwide. The movement includes three beach cities in California; 15 cities in Iowa; Albert Lea, Minnesota; the city of Fort Worth; and communities in Southwest Florida, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Blue Zones Project is an exclusive partnership between Blue Zones and Sharecare. For more information, visit

About Sharecare
Sharecare is the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place. The Sharecar platform provides each person - no matter where they are in their health journey - with a comprehensive and personalized health profile, where they can dynamically and easily connect to the information, evidence-based programs, and health professionals they need to live their healthiest, happiest, and most productive life. With award-winning and innovative frictionless technologies, scientifically validated clinical protocols, and best-in-class coaching tools, Sharecare helps providers, employers, and health plans effectively scale outcomes-based health and wellness solutions across their entire populations. To learn more, visit
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