Photo: Corey Perrine/Naples Daily NewsNaples held a community kickoff for the Southwest Florida Blue Zones Project.
Singing the blues: Naples engages in a 'blue zone project' to boost healthy living
Around Naples, restaurants, civic centers, churches, grocery stores and schools are being enlisted to join an effort to focus the area on diet and lifestyle practices that produce longer, healthier lives. NCH Healthcare System in Naples launched the Blue Zones project a year ago through a partnership with Healthways, a Tennessee-based wellness program provider.
The Blue Zones project originated in research done by National Geographic fellow Dan Buettner, who identified what he called “blue zones” — places in the world where residents live unusually long and happy lives. Buettner highlighted the traits shared by those communities and created the Blue Zones project to try to get other communities to adopt healthy living practices.
So far, about 50 public and private institutions in Collier and southern Lee counties have made enough changes to be recognized as contributing to the blue zone.
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