Six more Iowa communities became designated as blue zones on Wednesday. Cedar rapids, Iowa City, Marion, Muscatine, Oskaloosa and Sioux City joined 13 other Iowa communities on the mission to improve well-being.
The Blue Zones project is the cornerstone of Governor Branstad’s Healthiest State Initiative.
Each community will receive assistance from experts to develop and implement plans for making permanent environmental, social, and policy changes that transition people into healthier behaviors, so they can lead longer, happier lives.
As of now about 16-percent of Iowans are participating in the project.
“You only need about 15-percent before hitting tipping point where is reaches not only those 15 percent but there friends, and there friends of friends so this will cascade across the entire state of Iowa.” Blue Zone principle developer Dan Buettner said.
In his retirement, longtime Channel 13 news anchor John Bachman is also helping in the effort.