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Blue Zones Project hits new milestone

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WATERLOO, Iowa --- The community's Blue Zones Project has reached another milestone as the restaurant sector has met its goal. Ten of 10 needed locally owned or operated restaurants have been designated Blue Zones.

In addition, seven of five grocery stores are designated, and 15 of 10 work sites have achieved the status. Approximately 104 percent of the target goal of Waterloo citizens older than age 13 --- 11,380 residents --- have pledged and complete well-being actions.

Blue Zones Community Program Manager Sue Beach said the group is "making great progress; some areas we are still reviewing."

The next goal is designating schools as Blue Zones. Two of the four schools necessary have earned designation.

The Blue Zones Project is a nationwide effort to ignite community-by-community well-being transformation. Waterloo and Cedar Falls were chosen as Iowa pilot communities in May.

The project is based on principles laid out in a book by Dan Buettner, which focuses on what community attributes contribute to healthier residents.

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