Walla Walla University and Adventist Health have partnered with the Blue Zones project. Blue Zones are rare longevity hotspots around the world where people are thriving into their 100s. In 2019 the Blue Zone project came to the Walla Walla Valley and presented a community transformation program that could improve the overall health of our valley.
In order to launch the Blue Zones project in our area there is a need for a financial commitment from additional community partners.
Latest updates on the Walla Walla Blue Zone Project
During the days of January 21-23, the Walla Walla Valley had the privilege of hosting Tony Buettner and members of the Blue Zones team here on campus to hold a feasibility study. The first night, Tony Buettner presented information the group had acquired through years of study. He introduced the "Power 9" or 9 principles that were inspired by the research they had done that promotes a healthier lifestyle. They had meetings in the community that covered different facets of public life, to help the team become more acquainted with the Valley. They also held focus group to discover areas members of the community enjoy or would like to see improve. They also held a "Friends at Five" event which brought various members from the community together and answered questions regarding the policies and procedures of the Blue Zones project. Blue Zones will report their findings within the next month, but in the meantime more information is available on similar projects completed by Blue Zones.