Blue Zones Project is collaborating with organizations and individuals in Southwest Florida for a common goal: improving the well-being of our community. By partnering with large and small worksites, we help to maximize employee well-being so that businesses, and their employees, can thrive.
For those who might not be familiar with Blue Zones Project yet, it’s a well-being initiative that began as a National Geographic research study. National Geographic Fellow, Dan Buettner, sought to discover the places around the world where people were living significantly longer and determine contributing factors. Buettner found five original locations, which he termed “Blue Zones.” They are located in Okinawa, Japan; Nicoya Province, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; and Sardinia, Italy. Among the five Blue Zones, Buettner found nine commonalities that lead to increased longevity and he termed these, the Power 9®. A few of the Power 9® principles are moving naturally, having a strong sense of purpose, spending quality time with family, and eating a plant slant diet (getting more fruits and vegetables into your diet).
In order to maximize wellness in Southwest Florida businesses, Blue Zones Project will help your organization implement the Power 9 principles and healthy best practices that have been proven to raise well-being, lower healthcare costs and increase productivity within the workplace. For example, a worksite might choose to provide lunch & learns for its employees, or begin offering healthier snacks at staff meetings, coordinate weekly walking breaks that not only help employees be more active but improve their social connectedness. Blue Zones Project also offers a free health risk assessment that you can use to measure health and wellness within your organization at a baseline and then measure annually as you implement wellness initiatives to see changes and improvements over time. To see a list of all the worksites that have partnered with the project and are Blue Zones Project Approved, click here.
In addition to worksites, Blue Zones Project Southwest Florida also works with schools, faith-based organizations, homeowner’s associations, civic and non-profit groups, restaurants and grocery stores. Blue Zones Project Southwest Florida is sponsored entirely by NCH Healthcare System, and therefore, it is completely free to the community.
How can you get involved? Attend an upcoming Ambassador Training meeting to learn how your organization can participate with Blue Zones Project! To see when the next training session is, to learn more, or to find upcoming Blue Zones Project events, visit www.BlueZonesProjectSOuthwestFlorida.com.