Blue Zones Aim To Help Reduce Iowa Obesity Ranking
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Gov. Branstand wants the state to be the fittest in the nation by 2016, and people with the Cedar Rapids Blue Zones Project say that means they have their work cut out for them.
In January, the project picked Cedar Rapids as a demonstration site.
The aim is to improve the city's surroundings and turn Cedar Rapids into a place where people live healthier, longer and happier lives. One Blue Zones Project leader says Iowa's hefty obesity ranking means the state has an opportunity for a major change.
"The more we get people thinking differently about there choices, and thinking about their health and well being, the better they're off," Blue Zones Project Engagement Lead, Will Lenzen Jr., said.
Cedar Rapids will host a Blue Zones kick-off event next month. Officials say they'll review their master plan, and detail some of the changes their looking to make to the city.
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