Organizations in Fort Worth are signing up to promote healthy lifestyles as part of the Blue Zones Project.
This month marks one year since Fort Worth became a Blue Zones city. Cowtown is the largest Blue Zones city in the country. Leaders said it’s five time bigger than the next biggest city.
Blue Zones Fort Worth Vice President Suzanne Duda said they measured first-year progress by the number of organizations that joined the movement.
"The success that we see has been the engagement of our community," she said. "Hundreds of organizations, ten plus thousand people, dozens of restaurants and 68 schools."
This is the first year of a five-year program. After the second year, they will measure progress based on the health and well-being index for Fort Worth.
Duda said the City of Fort Worth and Mayor Betsy Price have fully embraced the Blues Zones Project. Last week, Price announced the city is now Blue Zones approved, meaning all 6,000 city employees will have a chance to get involved with purpose workshops, cooking demonstrations, and walking groups.
Duda also said the Fort Worth City Council will be considering ordinances next month to make fresh fruit and vegetables more accessible to people who live in areas where there are not full service grocery stores.
Approved Blue Zones Projects:
- 35 Worksites
- 21 Restaurants
- 4 Grocery Stores
- 67 Schools
- 10,500+ Personal Pledges
Online: Blue Zones Project - Fort Worth