City of Albert Lea given Blue Zones status
Published 9:43 am Friday, May 22, 2015
The Blue Zones Project of Albert Lea announced the City of Albert Lea has been named a Blue Zones worksite. It was designated after completing the necessary items in the Blue Zones worksite pledge, including successfully registering more than 28 percent of their employees to pledge and take action on www.bluezonesproject.com. The city of Albert Lea joins 11 other Albert Lea worksites in achieving the Blue Zones worksite designation.
“The city is very proud to be named a Blue Zones worksite and to join our local businesses and schools to receive such designation,” said Chad Adams, city manager. “I applaud our wellness committee for providing the leadership and initiative to make physical, environmental and policy changes within our organization to improve the overall well-being for our employees.”
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The city of Albert Lea has been a leader and champion for employee well-being for many years. It has pioneered best practices, maintained a wellness committee and through dedicated staff have provided outreach to all sectors of the community. The city of Albert Lea was the driving force in the original Blue Zones pilot project and continues to provide that level of excellent leadership today.
“Employers and their worksites continue to champion the Blue Zones Project and are playing a lead role in bringing increased overall well-being to Albert Lea and the surrounding areas,” said Blue Zones Project organization lead Ellen Kehr. “Business leaders and public entities are in a powerful position to dramatically improve employees’ well-being. We thank the city of Albert Lea for their leadership and outstanding commitment to the well-being of the Freeborn County workforce and congratulate them on this achievement.”
For more information about how to become a Blue Zones Worksite, contact the Blue Zones Project team at 641-530-5742 or visit www.bluezonesproject.com.
Albert Lea, a Blue Zones Project demonstration site, is receiving assistance from experts to develop and implement a blueprint for making permanent environmental, social and policy changes that transition people into healthier behaviors that can lead to longer, happier lives.
The Blue Zones Project is a community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks. Its mission is to lead and ignite community-by-community well-being transformation, where people live and work together in Blue Zones communities for a better life.