Through the leadership of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, Iowa City was named a Blue Zones Community in January 2013. The Blue Zones Project is a community-based approach to transform the environments in which Iowans live, work and play to improve their emotional, physical and social health. In 2014, the Iowa City Area will begin receiving direct assistance from national experts to become a healthier and happier community.
What's a Blue Zone?
Certain places around the world boast high numbers of centenarians who live active, vital lives well into their later years, and whose stories were told in Dan Buettner’s bestseller, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. There are many lessons to be learned from these people about how to live more healthfully, more happily, more fulfilled...and longer. Many communities, including Iowa City, are applying to become “Blue Zone communities” to learn about changes we can make to live more healthfully, reduce stress, and improve our quality of life.
RESIDENTS: Click here to explore the Power 9 to help you live more healthfully, reduce stress, and improve your quality of life.
EMPLOYERS: Click here to explore Blue Zones worksite certification.
Join the movement! Visit www.bluezonesproject.com and take the pledge!
Assisting the Chamber with the Blue Zones process is ACT, Mercy, Pearson, Johnson County Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City Community School District, United Way, cities of Coralville, Iowa City and North Liberty, Hy-Vee, University of Iowa Hospitals, and others.
Follow our progress on Facebook (Iowa City Blue Zones Project) and Twitter @icbluezones.
Thanks to Woofables Gourmet Dog Biscuit Bakery, friend of the Blue Zones.