Better well-being is around the corner for people who live and work in Dodge County. Next week, the county will kick off Blue Zones Project®, a nationwide, community-by-community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier. Free kickoff events are set for April 18-23 in Mayville, Juneau, Horicon, and Beaver Dam.
The family-friendly celebrations will include activities such as chef demonstrations, games, massages, performances, prizes and giveaways, and a Kids’ Zone. Nationally recognized speaker and explorer Nick Buettner will recount his travels to the original Blue Zones®, areas of the world where people live longer with less chronic disease and higher quality of life. Dodge County residents can learn how to adopt Blue Zones principles in their own lives during the kickoff events, set for:
· 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Mayville High School (500 N. Clark St., Mayville)
· 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at Dodgeland School (401 Western Ave., Juneau)
· 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Horicon High School (841 Gray St., Horicon)
· 1 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Beaver Dam High School (500 Gould St., Beaver Dam)
“The community kickoffs will have something for everyone—from square dancing demonstrations at each event to archery at our Horicon event,” said Janelle Wiebelhaus-Finger, engagement lead for Blue Zones Project, Dodge County. “Blue Zones Project is all about simple changes that have a big impact on well-being. We invite individuals and families to come out and discover how Dodge County will be working to become one of the healthiest communities in the country.”
Spanish-speaking translators will be on hand at the Beaver Dam event to ensure all attendees can fully participate.
Learn more and RSVP to the kickoff events by visiting go.bluezonesproject.com/dodgecounty
Blue Zones Project is brought to Dodge County through an innovative sponsorship by Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Inc. in collaboration with Healthways, Inc., and Blue Zones, LLC.
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 www.bdch.com.
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, 37 communities in nine states have joined Blue Zones Project, impacting more than 2.2 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 a division of Healthways, a Sharecare company. For more information, visit www.bluezonesproject.com.