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Restaurants earn Blue Zones designations

Nov 18, 2013

Green Gourmet was presented its Blue Zones Restaurant designation Nov. 4, joining three other restaurants with the status making it easy for their customers to make healthy food choices.

Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy, Councilman Michael Halley and Blue Zones volunteers Ken Daley and Mo Ellis presented Green Gourmet owner Lee Bhooshanpatie-Singh with her designation status.

Bhooshanpatie-Singh shared her experience in becoming a designated Blue Zones restaurant. Some steps in the process are mandatory, others are optional, but each designated restaurant must complete a requisite number of actions to gain Blue Zones designated restaurant status. For example, Bhooshanpatie-Singh opted to keep Himalayan salt on the tabletops, whereas Blue Zones recommends removing salt from tabletops. Bhooshanpatie-Singh’s reason for opting out of that step concerns the availability of minerals in Himalayan salt for her customers.

Each restaurant adjusts itsmenu and service individually to meet the standard.

Jill Dahstrom at Yummy’s and Betsy Howland and Joan Allen at Revelations made simple changes to provide lasting benefits to their customer’s physical health, emotional health and social relationships helping them to live longer, and better by making the healthier choice the easier choice.

The Gardens, owned by Nicholas Naioti, was Fairfield’s first designated Blue Zones restaurant. Malloy said these achievements by local business raise the community profile and can lead to additional funding for the community.

For information, visit the website www.bluezonesproject.com.

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