Blue Zones Project kicks off in Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls, Ore. – A 3-year project aimed at helping people in Klamath Falls live longer, happier, healthier lives kicked off today.

It’s called the ‘Blue Zones Project’.

Project founder Dan Buettner explains:  “Blue Zones are parts of the world where people live the longest.”

People in those communities tend to move naturally.

They eat a plant-based diet.

They’re active with family, and society.

And, they know their purpose in life.

“So, our team helps make the healthy choice the easy choice.”  Adds Buettner.  “In homes, schools, restaurants, grocery stores – and we work with city government to pass policies that help make the healthy choice the easy choice.”

Rose Beardsley of Klamath Falls was on hand for the kickoff…

“I know that they’re partnering with a lot of different organizations and businesses in town that I frequent.”

Saturday’s kickoff drew a crowd of over 1,200.

Klamath County Commissioner Kelley Minty Morris notes that Klamath Falls is the first town in Oregon selected as a ‘Blue Zones’ community…

“What an amazing effort by the Klamath community, to come together and work on hour health in a positive, proactive way.”

The Blue Zones effort is funded through a joint effort between Cambia Health Foundation and Sky Lakes Medical Center.

“I really have to praise Sky Lakes Medical Center.”  States Dan Buettner.  “Because they’re actually making an investment to keep people healthy in the first place.”


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