Coe College recognized as an official Blue Zones Worksite

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2016-01-13 10:30:01 - General

Coe College has been recognized as an official Blue Zones Worksite. The Coe community will be celebrating this achievement with a reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Clark Alumni House on the Coe campus, with a short program at 3:45 p.m.

In addition, Cedar Rapids community members are invited to a Purpose Workshop hosted by the Blue Zones Project. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. in the Lynch Room on the lower level of Gage Memorial Union.

Purpose is that unique place where individual gifts intersect with passions, talents and curiosities.  By connecting with a sense of purpose and having a reason to wake up each day, individuals can add up to seven years of extra life expectancy. Purpose Workshop participants are asked to register in advance at: A carry-tray lunch will be available in The "U" to all Purpose Workshop participants for $6.

The Blue Zones Project is designed to make healthy choices easier by bringing permanent changes to policy, environment and social networks, leading to lower health care costs, higher productivity, improved economic and social vitality, and longer life expectancy.

Members of the Coe Wellness Committee worked diligently for more than a year to earn the Blue Zones designation. The college completed designation criteria in the areas of leadership, purpose, habitat and physical environment, engagement and creation of social networks, policies and benefits, and well-being solutions.

"We are so proud that Coe College has received its Blue Zones designation. Receiving our designation shows that we are a community that cares about the health and well-being of our faculty, staff and students," said Director of Wellness Emily Barnard, who also serves as a member of the Coe Wellness Committee. "We are hopeful that the Blue Zones project will continue to bring forward to members of our campus community the importance of slowing down, taking a break and taking care of themselves.  By doing so, we know that we can be a happier, healthier, more productive community."

Brought to Iowa through an innovative sponsorship by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, in collaboration with Healthways and Blue Zones®, Blue Zones Project is a community-by-community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks.