Blue Zones Project Visits Salinas

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News Date: 
August 21, 2018

In collaboration with Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (SVMH), the Blue Zones Project visited Salinas to share more about the Blue Zones initiative with our community and perform an assessment on healthy lifestyle opportunities for the City. The Blue Zones Project is focused on helping communities live a healthier lifestyle by developing community environments and through education on healthier choices. One example of this is creating areas throughout the City that encourage walking, biking, and exercising, what Blue Zones refers to as moving naturally; this means getting away from our indoor routines and creating an outdoor culture of healthy living with our family, friends, and community.

In 2017, Blue Zones was featured in National Geographic – 5 “Blue Zones” Where the World’s Healthiest People Live. The featured cities have the highest concentration of residents over 100 years old and clusters of community members who do not suffer from major health problems. These cities include Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Ogliastra Region, Sardinia, Italy; Loma Linda, California; and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.

The SVMH Board of Directors is considering bringing the Blue Zones comprehensive public health program to Salinas. Should they proceed with the project, the estimated project timeline is 3 – 5 years.