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November 22, 2011

Pella invited to submit a full application to become a Blue Zones Demonstration Community

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Pella has been invited to submit a full application to become a Blue Zones Demonstration Community. Out of 84 communities that applied, 59 were asked to move forward with the application. Less than 5 will be selected in this year’s application process.

Eighty four communities across Iowa realize the importance of making their communities healthier. Each community submitted a Statement of Interest expressing a desire to be chosen as a Blue Zones® demonstration site. Blue Zones are areas in the world where people live longer, healthier lives.  Demonstration sites are communities in Iowa where Blue Zones principles will be applied with the assistance of national experts and will serve as models to other communities in Iowa.

All communities demonstrated readiness and passion around the Blue Zones principles.  Many have formed leadership teams and begun work to organize their communities.  Others even visited Albert Lea, MN—home of the first community where the Blue Zones principles were applied—to better understand the transformation their community can experience and the benefits of being a Blue Zones.  And finally many communities have indicated that whether chosen as a demonstration site or not – they will continue to pursue Blue Zones principles.

Of the 84 communities submitting statements of interest, 58 were invited to move forward through the full application process for this initial round.  These communities include:

Algona

 

Des Moines

Manning

 

Red Oak

Ames

 

Dubuque

Marshalltown

 

Riceville

Atlantic

 

Dyersville

Mason City

 

Sac City

Audubon

 

Estherville

Mount Pleasant

 

Sheldon

Burlington

 

Fairfield

Mount Vernon

 

Sibley

Carroll

 

Fort Dodge

Muscatine

 

Sioux Center

Cedar Falls

 

Glenwood

Newton

 

Sioux City

Cedar Rapids

 

Greater Cedar Valley Alliance

Oelwein

 

Spencer

Chariton

 

Grinnell

Orange City

 

Spirit Lake

Charles City

 

Grundy Center

Osage

 

St. Ansgar

Clarion

 

Harlan

Osceola

 

Storm Lake

Clinton

 

Holstein

Ottumwa

 

Waterloo

Davenport

 

Independence

Pella

 

Waverly

Decorah

 

Iowa City Area

Perry

 

Woodbine

Denison

 

Le Mars

     

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