Healthier Living Comes To the Gorge: The Dalles To Become a Blue Zones Project Demonstration Community
In May 2017 The Dalles joined 31 other communities in the United States by becoming a member of the Blue Zones Project.
The Blue Zones Project began with five “blue zones”, special regions scattered across the globe with unusually high concentrations of residents living to at least 100 years old. Researchers identified the keys to their healthy living and longevity, and since then the Blue Zones Project has been spreading their healthy practices across the United States by supporting change in policy, social networks, and environments such as workplaces and schools. This project will span three years in The Dalles, and aims to promote healthier living, lower healthcare costs, and encourage community engagement by making healthy lifestyle decisions easy and accessible to all community members.
Oregon Healthiest State, an organization committed to making Oregon the healthiest state in the country, backed The Dalles’ initiation into the Blue Zones Project, and Cambia Health Foundation provided substantial funding. We are excited to see The Dalles lead the way in creating a healthier Oregon and hope that it can inspire more regions in Oregon to take steps toward healthier living too.
Learn more about the Blue Zones Project: https://communities.bluezonesproject.com/
Learn more about the Blue Zones Project in OR: https://oregon.bluezonesproject.com/