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Make Your City a Blue Zone

We distilled a blue print from the original blue zones that help cities lower the obesity rate and thrive economically.

The Minnesota Miracle

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Whole Food and Blue Zones Join Forces

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Beach City Makeovers Bump Up the Activity

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Blue Zones Project

Our success in cities, businesses, and states across America makes Blue Zones Project a proven model for transforming the health of large populations.


  • Double digit drops in obesity, smoking, and BMI (body mass index)
  • Millions of dollars of savings in healthcare costs
  • Measurable drops in employee absenteeism

Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

Almost all Americans spend 90% of our lives within 20 miles of home. That is where we focus, using evidence-based lessons of longevity known as the Blue Zones Power 9. We improve street and park designs, public policy, and social involvement so that it’s easy for people to make healthy choices.

A Community Wide Approach to Well-Being

We don’t just rely on individual behavior change. We improve community health by making permanent and semi-permanent changes on multiple levels. We improve or optimize city streets (smoking policies, bike lanes, sidewalks), public spaces (parks, lakes, walking paths), schools (cafeterias, safe walking paths to school), restaurants, grocery stores, employers, faith-based organizations, and community involvement.


  • “The Blue Zones Project helped our community set amazing, aggressive, and achievable strategies that moved the Public Health agenda further in 10 months than what I could have expected in 10 years.”

    – Lois Ahern, Director of Freeborn County Health, Albert Lea, MN

  • “In an age when poor health seems so intractable, you’ve taken this community from a place of resignation to a place of hope.”

    - Dr. Vivek Murthy, Former US Surgeon General

  • “…the results are stunning.”

    - Dr Walter C. Willett, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Transform Your Community

Successful communities have a champion(s) that leads the process of securing funding and educating and driving community stakeholder interest. Past and current project champions include health insurance executives, public health officials, and community leaders. They all have one thing in common: they have the vision to change their community.


From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, National Geographic Fellow & Founder of Blue Zones, Dan Buettner

The Blue Zones: Secrets for Living Longer

Lessons From the Healthiest Places on Earth