Mayor encourages involvement in Blue Zones
Congratulations to the Fairfield Hy-Vee Store and The Garden Restaurant for being the first to become designated as a Blue Zones Grocery and Blue Zones Restaurant. Each of these businesses went through the necessary steps to achieve designation by presenting healthy food options to their customers. This is just the beginning of many community-wide initiatives that will help build a wellness culture in our city.
Over the winter and early spring our Blue Zones Project Team has been working with our partners Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Healthways to create our community “Blueprint” or strategic document with our goals in all areas of lifestyle and wellness. There are plans that involve 20 of Fairfield’s top employers, our public schools, 7 restaurants and 2 grocery stores, City policy and most importantly many ways for citizens to get involved through purpose events, walking moai’s and individual health goals.
During our first efforts to qualify as one of the cities chosen as a “demonstration site” our community responded energetically with 37 percent of our population registering to participate in the Blue Zones Project initiative. Now that we have been selected we need everyone to not only participate but to take action! And we must register 20 percent of our population. It’s easy and fun to do. We need your support to achieve our Blue Zones Community Certification. It’s as easy as these 3 simple, life changing steps:
1. Simply go to http://www.bluezonesproject.com and click on “join and pledge today”. Invite your family, friends and co-workers to register and help us quickly reach our goal of 20 percent.
2. Then select an activity or goal. It could be as easy as volunteering or walking your dog or committing to riding your bike- there are literally hundreds of choices to choose to do and finally check “complete.”
If you have already signed up in previous months, you just need to login again with your username and password, select an action and check complete and we are on our way!
Finally, as we unfold our community Blueprint and engage in fulfilling all of our goals, we will need many volunteers. You can register to volunteer on this web site or visit the Fairfield Blue Zones Project Facebook page. It’s all about the fun we can have together while living longer, healthier lives.
Yours in good health,
– Mayor Ed Malloy, Fairfield