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.
This December, Blue Zones was officially launched and is being led by former Department of Community Health Director Meghan DeBolt.
Find out how you can get involved as David and Angelo interview Meghan and she shares the keys to Living Longer and Happier.
Latest updates on the Walla Walla Blue Zone Project
The Thursday before Christmas, forty leaders from the Walla Walla Valley gathered together to launch the local Blue Zones Project. They celebrated the expected benefits of a healthier population from implementing policies and programs that will move the community towards better lifestyle choices.
Read about the Blue Zones Project launch in Walla Walla Valley.
Walla Walla, Washington has been chosen as the location for Adventist Health’s first Blue Zones Project®. Meghan DeBolt, former Walla Walla Director of Community Health, has been hired as the project’s Executive Director. Assessments and other necessary work will begin promptly with the program being launched to the general public at the beginning of 2021.
Meghan DeBolt will be working with Walla Walla University and other local organizations in the community to further the Blue Zones Project®. In an effort to create a community where making healthy choices is easy, the program will work to improve people’s work places, schools, churches, and homes among other things.
For more information on Blue Zones Project Walla Walla, visit: bluezonesproject.com/wallawalla.
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Recently Adventist Health has acquired Blue Zones, which places the Walla Walla Valley on a shortlist for implementation. We still need financial commitments from our local community. If you wish to help financially, please let us know.
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.