WATERLOO,Iowa — Cottonwood Canyon, 218 E. Fourth St., has become the Cedar Valley’s newest Blue Zones Restaurant.
The Blue Zones Project is working to improve community well-being and make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks.
“Becoming a Blue Zones Restaurant was not a hard choice for us,” says owner Randolph Bryan. “We have always emphasized lighter meals, and fresh ingredients. Now our healthiest dishes are just a little easier for our customers to locate.”
The Blue Zones Project worked with Bryan to create a Blue Zones Project-inspired menu.
Blue Zones Project approved menu items are lower in sodium, calories and saturated fats, while higher in fiber and nutrient value. In addition to highlighting healthy options on its menu; Cottonwood Canyon offers healthy sides by default with all entrees, offers fresh fruit and light dessert options, and has removed salt shakers from tables to help reduce sodium consumption.
The Blue Zones Project is based on Blue Zones principles developed by Dan Buettner, National Geographic explorer and author of “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.” Blue Zones employs evidence-based ways to help people live longer, better lives by taking a systematic, environmental approach to well-being, which focuses on optimizing policy, social networks and the built environments where people spend their time. Brought to Iowa through an innovative sponsorship between Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Healthways, the initiative encourages all Iowa communities to change their built environments to make the healthy choice, the easy choice
For more information about the Blue Zones Project, visit www.bluezonesproject.com.