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Blue Zone Trips: 2016 and Mason City 2017

What are Blue Zones? 


Blue Zones are areas where people live the longest and the healthiest.   Dan Buettner dubbed 5 places ‘blue zones’:  Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece, and Loma Linda, California.


Today, BlueZones is creating healthy communities across the United States.


In 2016, we took a group to Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN to find out how they expanded, the successes, the challenges, and the effects on everyday life.  One of the things we got out of the trip was 1 Million Cups.  To hear more JoAnna Schrupp talks about the 2016 trip.


Next week, Aaron Backman will be taking a group to Mason City, IA.  Mason City was one of the first communities in Iowa to become a Blue Zone.  We are looking to learn about what they went though and what we can adopt to us.  To hear more goals for Mason City, Aaron is sharing what he wants to gain from this trip.


For more information on BlueZones, check out www.bluezones.com/


Watch for more information on www.facebook.com/WillmarLakesAreaVision

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From our community volunteers

“I'm proud to volunteer and support the efforts of Vision 2040 because creating a healthy community takes a collabortive effort. No one person or entity can create a community where people want to live and work and play, but working together we can create it. Vision 2040 started with an inclusive effort to bring together people from across our region to articulate their vision of the future of our region's communities. The goals that emerged from that vision offer everyone the opportunity to share in the collaborative work necessary to create a healthy and vibrant region--and that's a good thing for all of us.”

Dr. Douglas Allen, Ridgewater College

I made connections with community members and found many common visions.  I have begun to get more active in the community due to the connections.

Alumni, Class of 2016

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Ken Warner, Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
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