Blue Zones Project Update
The Blue Zones Project Hawaii is a community-based, well-being initiative that is designed to make healthy choices easier in the places where we work, live and play. Working with local businesses, faith-based organizations, restaurants, grocery stores and schools, Blue Zones Project Teams help bring about permanent changes in lifestyle choices that lead to individuals living healthier and longer lives. The eight communities currently participating are Wahiawa, Kapolei-Ewa, Manoa-Makiki-McCully-Moiliili, Koolaupoko on Oahu; North, East West on Big Island; and Wailuku-Kahului on Maui.
The Wahiawa Blues Zones Project held its first annual update for the community on September 13, 2018, at Dots restaurant in the heart of central Oahu's historical Wahiawa town. Since 1946, Dots has fed local families and helped them celebrate their important milestones, including the first review of the ongoing progress Blue Zones has made in Wahiawa.
The meeting was well attended by local participants. Team leaders Jeffrey Alameida, Community Program Manager; Joslyn Sato, Organization Lead and Cynthia Au, Engagement Lead; conducted the review that included the following announcements:
- Dots Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in Wahiawa, in now Blue Zones Project approved
- Ono Loco Tacos, one of our newest restaurants with multiple locations across Oahu, also became Blue Zones Project approved
- Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission became the first Blue Zones approved Buddhist Temple in Hawaii.
- Wahiawa Farmers Market Basket was established — participants can pick up bags of fresh local produce (every week or two depending on which program they prefer) at Dots on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to closing
- Wahiawa Wellness Champions were named:
- Carolyn Uchiyama, July 2018
- Mark Arinaga, August 2018
- Detailed Program Metrics were discussed that summarize key activities such as the number of participating worksites, faith-based organizations, groceries, restaurants and schools.
Check out the Wahiawa Blue Zones calendar of events for upcoming activities at Facebook@bzpwahiawa. Participants can also join a walking or potluck moai (hui) after each event. Here’s a chance to meet new friends and get healthier together!
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