What is a Blue Zone?

What is a Blue Zone? It is a community where people are healthier and happier.  People who live in the Blue Zones tend to live about 10 years longer than those in other communities. The Blue Zones were identified and researched by the National Geographic Society. Since that time, the book, Blue Zones was authored by national Geographic journalist Dan Buettner.

Blue Zones Project is a collaboration between Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Healthways to help make Iowa #1 in the nation for well-being, as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index®  As a significant part of Iowa's Healthiest State Initiative, it will bring the secrets of the healthiest, happiest, and longest-living cultures in the world to many Iowa communities as well as related tools and information for all Iowans.

It’s the nation's first, state-wide, comprehensive well-being improvement initiative, bringing permanent changes to policy, environment and social networks that lead to lower health care cost trends, higher productivity and improved economic and social vitality.

Mount Mercy University was named a Blue Zone Worksite in October 2015.