Five New Hawaii communities selected for Blue Zones Project - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Five New Hawaii communities selected for Blue Zones Project

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Five communities across three islands will be the next to undergo the well-being transformation that Blue Zones Project and HMSA first introduced to Hawaii two years ago. The newly selected communities, which were announced in a press conference earlier today, include: Kapolei/Ewa, Manoa/Makiki/McCully/Moiliili, Wahiawa, Wailuku/Kahului, and West Hawaii on Hawaii Island. These communities join North Hawaii and East Hawaii on Hawaii Island, as well as Koolaupoko on the Windward side of Oahu, which began their Blue Zones Project initiatives in 2015.

Blue Zones Project is a community-based well-being improvement initiative that uses scientifically proven lessons of longevity, health, and happiness to create vibrant communities and boost the well-being of their residents. The newly added communities will gain access to national expertise and support from a local team of well-being consultants. During the three-year program, Blue Zones Project will support community engagement to create an environment that encourages well-being and continues to do so long into the future.

All five communities went through a competitive selection process over the summer. The original plan was to select two new sites but all of these communities demonstrated an impressive ability to take on the initiative and showed exceptional strength in their strong sense of community and ability to organize and collaborate with all sectors in a short amount of time, their strong commitment and readiness to carry out the scope of work involved in becoming a certified Blue Zones Community, and an excellent understanding of Blue Zones Project concepts and what it means for the community.

The newly selected communities will now begin building leadership teams and committees to work with schools, grocery stores, restaurants, worksites, faith-based organizations, and policy leaders to make the healthy choice the easy choice in their community. Kick-off celebrations for the general public will be held later this year to officially launch the Blue Zones communities.

“We’re looking forward to working with these new communities to help enhance quality of life, and tackle some of the health challenges we face, such as diabetes and obesity,” said Michael Acker, general manager of Blue Zones Project. “To date, we have over 200 organizations and more than 4,000 individuals involved with Blue Zones Project throughout Hawaii. Thanks to HMSA, we’re able to expand our efforts in bringing this nationally recognized well-being initiative to thousands more of our children, family, friends, neighbors, and organizations.”

For more information on Blue Zones Project in Hawaii or to learn how to participate, visit hawaii.bluezonesproject.com.

Copyright 2017.  Hawaii News Now.  All Rights Reserved. 

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

    In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:21 AM EDT2018-06-20 15:21:21 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 3:16 PM EDT2018-06-22 19:16:02 GMT
    A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility Tuesday in McAllen, TX. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility Tuesday in McAllen, TX. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

    More >>

    Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

    More >>
  • No clear plan yet on how to reunite parents with children

    No clear plan yet on how to reunite parents with children

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 2:31 AM EDT2018-06-20 06:31:19 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 3:09 PM EDT2018-06-22 19:09:35 GMT
    (AP Photo/Eric Gay). A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in McAllen, Texas. More than 2,300 minors have been separated from their families crossing the border to...(AP Photo/Eric Gay). A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in McAllen, Texas. More than 2,300 minors have been separated from their families crossing the border to...
    Trump administration officials have no clear plan on how to reunite some of the 2,300 minors separated from their families at the border as a result of a zero-tolerance policy of criminally prosecuting anyone...More >>
    Trump administration officials have no clear plan on how to reunite some of the 2,300 minors separated from their families at the border as a result of a zero-tolerance policy of criminally prosecuting anyone caught entering the U.S. illegally.More >>
  • High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

    High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

    Thursday, June 21 2018 10:32 AM EDT2018-06-21 14:32:03 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 3:08 PM EDT2018-06-22 19:08:24 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko, File). FILE - This April 23, 2018, file photo shows the Supreme Court in Washington.  The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states, who said they were lo...(AP Photo/Jessica Gresko, File). FILE - This April 23, 2018, file photo shows the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states, who said they were lo...

    The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

    More >>

    The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly