Progress: The Blue Zones Walkway

Published 4:00 pm Monday, April 2, 2012

-- Sarah Stultz/Stacey Bahr


History of the walkway

Albert Lea’s five-mile walking, jogging and biking route around Fountain Lake was named the Blue Zones Walkway in December by the Albert Lea City Council. It honors Blue Zones’ founder Dan Buettner, who brought the AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project to town in 2009.

The route is made up of sidewalks and trails that loop around Fountain Lake, going through neighborhoods, parks, downtown and past the local hospital.

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City officials plan to install kiosks around the walkway identifying the “Power 9,” or nine principles for improving health and longevity featured in “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.”

A grand opening ceremony of the walkway is being planned for the spring with Buettner in attendance.