Monday, May 29, 2023

Blue Zones Project Mendocino County Launches with Community Kickoff Celebrations


The following is a press release from the Blue Zones Project of Mendocino County:


Blue Zones Project Mendocino County is thrilled to invite local residents to celebrate its official launch in the community with a series of events, starting with a free, family-friendly Inland Community Kickoff experience on Saturday, March 19, 2022. The event will take place from 11am until 3pm at Alex Rorabaugh Center Ukiah CA, located at the Grace Hudson Elementary School. 

“I’ve been very impressed and pleased with the incredible amount of support and participation from local stakeholders over the last six months as we have created the foundation for this project,” shared Tina Tyler-O’Shea, Executive Director of Blue Zones Project Mendocino County. “We are now excited to launch the transformation phase of the Project and encourage all to come out to the Community Kickoffs to meet our team and learn how to get involved!”

Based on principles discovered during an ongoing twenty-year longevity study developed by Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Zones and The Blue Zones Solution, Blue Zones Project is designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent and semi-permanent changes to a community’s built environment, public policies, and social networks. The free Inland Community Kickoff celebration event will explore core themes inspired by the original Blue Zones Power 9® principles that help people live longer, healthier lives: Connect, Eat Wisely, Move Naturally and Right Outlook. 

Attendees will be invited to sample tastings of local and healthy plant slant bites prepared by Caring Kitchen, enjoy various activities including grab-n-go craft kits and library card sign-ups with Mendocino County Mobile Library, and connect at over a dozen interactive stations hosted by partner organizations and businesses including NCO Gardens Project, Ukiah Vecinos en Accion (UVA), Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority, and Adventist Health.  Special guest speaker Nick Buettner, Vice President of Product and producer of Blue Zones expeditions will take the stage to share his exploration story to the original blue zones longevity hotspots, and the habits and longevity secrets discovered to help everyone live a longer, better life. Throughout the day guests will also receive fun giveaways and a chance to win a $250 gift card to local grocery store, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-Op. 

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The local team will be hosting additional celebrations for everyone to participate in across the county including the Coastal Kickoff in partnership with Blue Economy on Saturday, May 21, and North County Kickoff coming soon after. 

All Blue Zones Project community events are free for participants. To learn more and register for the Kickoff events visit mec.bluezonesproject.com/community-kickoff. 

More information about the Blue Zones Project Mendocino County is available at https://mec.bluezonesproject.com/home For updates on more ways to get engaged and the latest events and local happenings, follow on Facebook and Instagram at @bzpmendocinocounty

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Matt LaFever
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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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