Blue Zones kick off July 20
Fairfield is hosting a full day of free demonstrations and a Blue Zones Project kickoff event July 20 that will include learning how the community benefits with the Blue Zones Project, organized walks and bike rides around town, healthy cooking and yoga demonstrations and personal pledge sign-up stations at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
More than a dozen events will be easily accessible around town, starting with a bird watching expedition in Chautauqua Park.
“The Blue Zones Project is a big deal for Fairfield,” said Ken Daley, Blue Zones Project Fairfield team leader.
“A few thousand people pledged support for it last year, and we’re excited to host this day of events so we can share information about how the community can re-energize around the Blue Zones Project and find out how easy it is to participate in making Fairfield a healthier, happier place to live,” said Daley.
Members of the local Blue Zones Project team hope the various events July 20 will help educate area residents about the community well-being initiative and connect people who want to become more involved.
“The Power 9 volunteer group and other leadership team members have been working on the Blue Zones Project in Fairfield for more than a year, and now it is time to present those concepts and ideas to the entire community,” said Daley. “We want to illustrate those ideas, help people get signed up with the personal pledge and answer questions that people have about the project.”
A kickoff event starts at 10 a.m. in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, where attendees can discover how the Blue Zones Project will benefit them and hear from Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Iowa’s Department of Public Health director.
Demonstrations and events throughout the day include:
9 a.m. Bird watching with Diane Porter of Southeast Iowa Audubon Society in Chautauqua Park.
9:45-10 a.m. Start Somewhere Walk; meet at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, water donated by Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store will be available.
10-10:50 a.m. Kickoff event at the convention center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts featuring a video introduction to the Blue Zones Project from founder Dan Buettner; an introduction to Fairfield’s Blue Zones Project Blueprint; an overview of Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative with Miller-Meeks; and Fairfield’s call to action from Mayor Ed Malloy.
11-11:30 a.m. Opportunity to pledge and sign up for other on-going community activities at the convention center.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
• Healthy cooking demonstration with Toni D’Orr in At Home Store.
• Workouts for the workday with Ti Liptak at the convention center.
• A summer’s walk with Joe Hird, meet at the convention center.
12:30 p.m. Lunch provided by The Gardens Seasonal Kitchen, Fairfield’s first designated Blue Zones restaurant. A limited supply of quinoa burgers and gazpacho will be served at the convention center.
12:30-1:30 p.m. Restorative Yoga in Howard Park with Andrew Michalko.
1 and 2 p.m. Healthy grocery store tour at Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store, Fairfield’s first designated Blue Zones grocery store.
1:30-3 p.m. Canoe festival with Mark Stimpson at Bonnifield Lake in Waterworks Park.
1:30-3 p.m. Fairfield Park and Recreation open house at Roosevelt Community Recreation Center.
1:30-5 p.m. Maharishi University of Management Recreation Center open house.
2:30-3:30 p.m. Joy of Gardening, Karin Hauring garden tour, 807 E. Burlington Ave.
2:30-3:30 p.m. Bike stroll with Meret Giocomini at Café Paradiso.
3-5 p.m. pool party at M.U.M. pool on campus.
4 p.m. Volleyball game at M.U.M. pool’s sand courts.
5 p.m. Wine at Five at the Chocolate Café. Wine and chocolate tasting sponsored by Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store, Glazers of Iowa and the Chocolate Café.
More events are planned; for the most current schedule, visit www.travelfairfieldiowa.com online or visit the Fairfield Blue Zones Project Facebook page.
Blue Zones Project is a community-by-community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes. Fairfield is one of 19 Blue Zones Project demonstration sites in Iowa. Fairfield and the other demonstration communities are receiving assistance from experts to develop and implement a blueprint for making permanent environmental, social and policy changes that transition people into healthier behaviors that can lead to longer, happier lives.