Health and Wellness in Spanaway: All about the Blue Zones Project

by | Nov 9, 2023

A Revolutionary Health Initiative Hits Parkland and Spanaway

Spanaway and Parkland are on the brink of a transformative health journey, all thanks to the recent introduction of the Blue Zones Project. But what exactly is this project? It’s a pioneering health program backed by scientific evidence, aiming to revamp our environments to boost community health, resilience, and economic vitality.

Health: A Collaborative Endeavor

Success in health isn’t just an individual effort—it’s community-driven. That’s why the Blue Zones Project, brought to Parkland and Spanaway by MultiCare, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, and Pierce County, is such a remarkable initiative. As County Executive Bruce Dammeier aptly remarked, this project will leverage local organizations to enhance community connection and health, creating a model for other cities to emulate.

Addressing the “Zip Code Effect” on Health

Research has shown that your postal code may have a more significant influence on your health than your genetic code. This initiative plans to counteract this “zip code effect” by optimizing everything from public policies to social connections and infrastructures like parks, schools, and homes. The goal? Making healthier choices not just available, but also straightforward and natural.

The Impact of the Life Radius®

Did you know that 90% of our lives are spent within a close radius of our homes? This realization led to the Blue Zones Project focusing on the Life Radius® to create tangible changes. Such focus has resulted in communities experiencing notable reductions in obesity and smoking rates, increased economic investments, improved health equity, and significant savings in healthcare expenditures.

Strong Endorsements from Health Leaders

Top executives from MultiCare and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health have voiced their commitment to the Blue Zones Project, emphasizing its potential to build healthier, more equitable communities and address health disparities.

Ben Leedle, the co-founder of Blue Zones Project, also praised the collaboration, eagerly awaiting the creation of a place where every individual can lead a healthy life.

Inviting All Residents

The beauty of the Blue Zones Project is its inclusivity. Everyone living in Parkland and Spanaway is welcome to participate. For a start, residents can sign up for their newsletter and be part of this monumental shift towards better health and wellness.

A Glimpse into the Blue Zones Project History

Dan Buettner’s collaboration with National Geographic and the National Institute on Aging in 2004 led to the discovery of “blue zones” – regions where people live healthier and longer. With its humble beginnings in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the project has since expanded to over 70 communities, positively impacting millions of lives.

Discovering the Secrets of the Blue Zones

The original five blue zones – Okinawa, Sardinia, Nicoya, Ikaria, and Loma Linda – have fascinated many. Despite diverse cultures and geographies, these zones share nine unique traits, the Power 9®, responsible for their residents’ long, fulfilling lives.

Live the Power 9® Way

Adopting the Power 9® approach could be your ticket to a healthier life. These principles are drawn from the shared habits of blue zones residents, providing a blueprint for longevity and well-being.

Focusing on the Life Radius®

At the heart of the Blue Zones Project is the Life Radius® approach. By concentrating on the immediate surroundings where people live, work, and play, the project ensures that making healthy choices becomes an effortless part of daily life.

Spanaway and Parkland are poised for a health revolution. Let’s embrace the Blue Zones Project and together craft a healthier, brighter future.


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