True 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
April is Town in Tennies month here in Mason City - that we encourage all Blue Zones Worksites® to promote the importance of walking to their employees. Consider hosting walking meetings and allow employees to wear tennis shoes on select days throughout the month. Be creative with steps competitions or organize lunch-hour walks. Resources we have available include our Town in Tennies calendar, Fast Facts on Walking, and "Please Excuse Our Shoes" signage. Get those walkin' feet moving and explore somewhere new by doing one of three walking routes at Elmwood-St Joseph Cemetery: Historic Walk, Nature Walk, and Spiritual Walk.
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.
Interested in enjoying a walk around the neighborhood with some peers? Start a Walking Moai® with some friends and neighbors, or even co-workers! Walking Moais are groups of 5-8 people who take a 30 minute walk once a week for 10 weeks.
The word "moai" comes from Okinawa, Japan and means "meeting for a common purpose." In Okinawa, neighbors use Moais as support systems to help those in need. Based on this tradition, Moais provide social interaction and support that are just as important to a person’s overall well-being as the benefits of walking.
you are interested in starting or joining a Walking Moai, email Marie at email@example.com or call 641.424.7181.
Upcoming Blue Zones Project Events
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.
Tues., May 30th 6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. - Kids Cooking Class in the Wine and Spirits Room at Hy-Vee West. Kids ages 7-12 can join us for a night of prepping fun and healthy treats! Cost is $10 per child. Register at Customer Service at Hy-Vee West.