Blue Zones Project®
Blue Zones Certification SealTrue well-being includes all aspects of our lives, from community to social networks, habitat to inner self. By optimizing the environments where we spend our time, we can make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Brought to Iowa through an innovative sponsorship by Wellmark in collaboration with Healthways and Blue Zones®, the Blue Zones Project® initiative encourages all Iowa communities to change their built environments to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

We know that a community designed for well-being makes the healthy choice easier, which leads to long term sustainability. Making Iowa a healthier state will benefit every citizen by making Iowa's economy stronger and our quality of life better and the same holds true for Mason City.

In May 2014, Mason City achieved key milestones and became a Blue Zones Community®.Since May 2012, community leaders, volunteers, and organizations throughout Mason City have made changes to community policy and have engaged citizens, worksites, restaurants, grocery stores, schools, and other community organizations to create a place where people can live longer, better lives.

We encourage you to contact our Blue Zones Project® office on 2nd floor of City Hall to learn how you can be a part of this wonderful opportunity. You can contact them at (641) 424-7181 or via e-mail at

Click here to learn more about the work of Blue Zones Project – Mason City.

New to the community? Explore our New Resident Toolkit or our new Blue Zones Restaurant® Guide.

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Looking to explore your purpose in life and connect with others with similar interests? Consider exploring the 100+ volunteer opportunities through the Mason City Volunteer Center. 

Upcoming Blue Zones Project Events 

We Need Your to Join a Winter Walking Moai

We're looking for people who are interested in joining a winter walking group at the Mason City Family YMCA. These groups will meet once a week for 30 minutes for a 10 week program starting in January. There will be a minor cost associated with entering the YMCA facility of $25 for the 10 week program ($2.50 a session) or it is free for current YMCA members. 

Leaders of these groups will be eligible for 50% off their Y membership if they volunteer 10 hours or more a month for the program! 

If you are interested in joining one of the walking groups, can email Marie at

Every Saturday 3/4 – 4/15 from 8:30-9:30am in the Wine and Spirits Room at Hy-Vee West. Second session of Begin Basics: a 7-week group class with Hy-Vee West Dietitian, Sara, that focuses on the ins and outs of portion control, label reading, fats, sugars, and more. Class is $99/person. Individual classes are also available for the same price!

Every Wednesday: Wellness Wednesdays at Hy-Vee - you get 10% off HealthMarket, bulk, organic produce, and fresh seafood! Plus, Sara, your Hy-Vee West dietitian will be sampling a healthy treat in the Health Market from 3-5pm

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