Albert Lea, Minnesota — May 19, 2015 — Blue Zones Project® Albert Lea today announced The City of Albert Lea has been named a Blue Zones Worksite®. They were designated after completing the necessary items in the Blue Zones Worksite pledge, including successfully registering more than 28 percent of their employees to pledge and take action on www.bluezonesproject.com. The City of Albert Lea joins 11 other Albert Lea worksites in achieving the Blue Zones Worksite designation.
“The City is very proud to be named a Blue Zones Worksite and to join our local businesses and schools to receive such designation”, says Chad Adams the City Manager. “I applaud our Wellness committee for providing the leadership and initiative to make physical, environmental, and policy changes within our organization to improve the overall well-being for our employees.”
The City of Albert Lea has been a leader and champion for employee wellbeing in for many years. They have pioneered best practices, maintained a wellness committee and through their dedicated staff they have provided outreach to all sectors of our community. The City of Albert Lea was the driving force in the original Blue Zones Pilot Project and they continue to provide that level of excellent leadership today.
“Employers and their worksites continue to champion the Blue Zones Project and are playing a lead role in bringing increased overall well-being to Albert Lea and the surrounding areas,” said Blue Zones Project organization lead, Ellen Kehr. “Business leaders and Public entities are in a powerful position to dramatically improve employees’ well-being. We thank The City of Albert Lea for their leadership and outstanding commitment to the well-being of the Freeborn County workforce and congratulate them on this achievement.”
For more information about how to become a Blue Zones Worksite, contact the Blue Zones Project team at 641-530-5742 or visit www.bluezonesproject.com.
Albert Lea, a Blue Zones Project demonstration site, is 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.
The Blue Zones Project is a community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy, and social networks. Its mission is to lead and ignite community-by-community well-being transformation, where people live and work together in Blue Zones Communities® for a better life.
Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) is the largest independent global provider of well-being improvement solutions. Dedicated to creating a healthier world one person at a time, the Company uses the science of behavior change to produce and measure positive change in well-being for our customers, which include employers, integrated health systems, hospitals, physicians, health plans, communities and government entities. We provide highly specific and personalized support for each individual and their team of experts to optimize each participant’s health and productivity and to reduce health-related costs. Results are achieved by addressing longitudinal health risks and care needs of everyone in a given population. The Company has scaled its proprietary technology infrastructure and delivery capabilities developed over 30 years and now serves approximately 68 million people on four continents. Learn more at www.healthways.com.
About Blue Zones®
Blue Zones employs evidence-based ways to help people live longer, better. The Company’s work is rooted in the New York Times best-selling books The Blue Zones and Thrive—both published by National Geographic books. In 2009, Blue Zones applied the tenets of the books to Albert Lea, MN and successfully raised life expectancy and lowered health care costs for city workers by 40%. Blue Zones takes a systematic, environmental approach to well-being which focuses on optimizing policy, building design, social networks, and the built environment. The Blue Zones Project is based on this innovative approach. For more information, visit www.bluezones.com.