U.S. mayors support Blue Zones community well-being initiatives
Published on October 06, 2021
At their 89th annual meeting, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which represents mayors from over 1,400 of America’s largest cities, passed a resolution to “create community Blue Zones well-being initiatives to combat chronic disease and comorbidities” in a show of support for public health and well-being.
The resolution encourages cities and leaders to take a proactive approach to well-being with a focus on prevention and healthy lifestyle as “mental health awareness, a stressed-out workforce, lifestyle-related diseases, the COVID-19 pandemic and the coming ‘silver tsunami’ of an active and vibrant older population are all driving demand and innovation for well-being solutions” and “communities with higher well-being have lower health care costs, vibrant economies and thriving workforces.”
“Just five years after launching the Blue Zones Project in the city, Fort Worth went from the 185th to the 31st healthiest city in the nation,” said Mayor Mattie Parker, who introduced the resolution. “We are tackling the global health crisis of our lifetime and now, more than ever, we need to promote and advance evidence-based solutions that are critical in the face of the current pandemic and our nationwide health care crisis. Blue Zones Project Fort Worth shows the tremendous impact that a systems-focused multi-dimensional effort can have to improve the health, wealth and well-being of an entire city.”
Read the full text of the resolution.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors, founded in 1932, is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of over 30,000 and contributes to the development of national urban policy. Resolutions, when passed, collectively represent the views of the nation’s mayors and become the official policy of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. They are also distributed to Congress and the president of the United States.
Blue Zones uses a proven model to help cities, counties and organizations through community well-being programs that lower health care costs, improve productivity and happiness, and increase social connectedness and economic vitality.
Photo: Fort Worth is a certified Blue Zones Community, the largest in the country. Local residents are improving well-being in their homes, schools, neighborhoods and workplaces.
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