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Mason City organizations become Blue Zones Worksites


This news story was published on December 14, 2012.
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Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health became designated as a Blue Zones Worksite this week. Photo from the Mason City Blue Zones Facebook page.

MASON CITY – Some Mason City businesses and organizations have achieved designation as Blue Zones Worksites.

North Iowa Area Community College, First Citizens National Bank,  Principal Financial Group, and Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health all became designated this week.

In order for Mason City to become a fully-designated Blue Zones community, 50% of the top 20 community-identified worksites become designated as Blue Zones Worksites.

The Mason City Blue Zones project team said via its Facebook page that “These organizations are making a tremendous impact on Mason City, helping make the healthy choice easier in everyday life. We’re looking forward to seeing many other worksites, restaurants, and grocery stores achieve designation soon.”

Mason City officially kicked off its Blue Zone project a couple weeks ago at NIACC.  The goal is to eventually help Iowa become the healthiest state in America by the year 2016.

According to the Blue Zones official website, here’s what it takes to get fully certified as a Blue Zones Community:

20% of citizens sign up with the Blue Zones Project™ and complete at least one Action
25% of schools become Blue Zones Schools™
25% of locally-owned or independent restaurants become Blue Zones Restaurants™
25% of grocery stores become Blue Zones Grocery Stores™
50% of the top 20 community-identified worksites become Blue Zones Worksites™
Implement at least one policy from each section of the Community Policy Action List
Complete at least two changes to the built environment to help people adopt healthier behaviors
Earn at least 40% of the total available points for community policy pledge actions

 

 

 

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8 Responses to Mason City organizations become Blue Zones Worksites

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    blog Reply Report comment

    December 15, 2012 at 7:26 am

    I have said before the only thing the beerman knows about a blue zone is if that’s the color his face turns chocking on a steak bone.

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    rukidding Reply Report comment

    December 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    If the average working man and women dont care about the blue zones project this thing will not last. Our city government should not be involved with this unless the people who pay the bills are on board and I don’t think they are.

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    December 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I have nothing against people trying to get healthy but I don’t know that it needs the city being involved in personal lives. It kind of seems like overkill to me.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      How is the city getting involved with people’s personal lives?

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    a citizen Reply Report comment

    December 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I just can’t wait to see the lines of businesses and new people moving to Mason City because it may be a future blue zone community.

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    Anonymouse Reply Report comment

    December 14, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I signed up and clicked a bunch of stuff, just trying to win the TV my work is randoming for we lowly peons signing up to Bluezones!

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    armchair captain Reply Report comment

    December 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

    In order for Mason City to become a fully-designated Blue Zones community, 50% of the top 20 community-identified worksites become designated as Blue Zones Worksites.

    We still have 20 worksites in town?