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First Blue Zones Project Approved Faith-Based Community to be Recognized in Dodge County

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Posted 2/5/18

First Blue Zones Project Approved Faith-Based Community to be Recognized in Dodge County


Horicon, Wisconsin – February 5, 2018 – Blue Zones Project® Dodge County will celebrate the first faith-based community to become Blue Zones Project Approved™, Sacred Heart Parish. The Catholic Parish located in the “heart” of Dodge County demonstrated its commitment to improving the well-being of its parishioners and guests through this designation.


A ribbon-cutting celebration will be held at approximately 10:30 a.m. Sunday, February 11, at Sacred Heart Parish (950 Washington St, Horicon) immediately following the regular weekend service.


Sacred Heart Parish has been working with Blue Zones Project on ways to better serve the congregation not only in spiritual well-being but also physical well-being. The parish started by forming a wellness committee. The committee decided it was important to emphasize the Blue Zones Power 9® principles that encourage connecting with other people: Family First, Belong, and Right Tribe.


Members of Sacred Heart started a Blue Zones Project Walking Moai which meets prior to weekday morning mass. A Walking Moai, pronounced “Mo-Eye,” is a group of up to eight people that meet at least once a week for 10 weeks, exploring the community and building friendships while tracking their steps together.


In January, Sacred Heart hosted its first of several plant slant potlucks and family game nights following the Saturday evening service. These events encourage healthier eating habits, help connect parish members, and provide an opportunity for families to spend quality time together.


“I enjoyed the plant slant potluck at Sacred Heart Church and I enjoyed playing games with other people,” commented Marilyn Guenterberg.


Guenterberg also learned about the Sacred Heart Parish Walking Moai at the event and has now started walking several times a week. “Doing this gets me out among people and meeting new friends. I plan on doing this on a regular basis for improved health.”


Blue Zones Project is brought to Dodge County through sponsorship by Beaver Dam Community Hospitals. Blue Zones Project Dodge County is a community-wide well-being improvement initiative—designed to make healthy choices easier through sustainable changes to environment, policy, and social networks. Dodge County is the first Blue Zones Project demonstration site in the state.


For details about becoming a Blue Zones Project Approved organization or general information about Blue Zones Project, Dodge County, call 920-212-8511, or visit dodgecounty.bluezonesproject.com.

About Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Inc.

Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Inc. is an independent, non-profit healthcare organization whose mission is to deliver excellence across a continuum of services to patients in the region of Dodge, Columbia and Fond du Lac counties, Wisconsin. BDCH offers a comprehensive continuum of services to people of all ages, including primary and specialty care, obstetric and inpatient acute care, outpatient surgery and oncology services, emergency services, rehabilitation, independent and assisted living, home care, hospice, long-term care, wound care, urology, orthopedics and sports medicine, interventional radiology, occupational health, pain management, breast health services and women’s health, community education, sleep medicine, and day care for children. For more information, visit www.bdch.com.



About Blue Zones Project
Blue Zones Project® is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to a city’s environment, policy, and social networks. Established in 2010, Blue Zones Project is inspired by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author who identified five regions of the world—or Blue Zones®—with the highest concentration of people living to 100 years or older. Blue Zones Project incorporates Buettner’s findings and works with cities to implement policies and programs that will move a community toward optimal health and well-being. Currently, 42 communities in nine states have joined Blue Zones Project, impacting more than 3.3 million Americans nationwide. The movement includes three beach cities in California; 15 cities in Iowa; Albert Lea, Minnesota; the city of Fort Worth; and communities in Southwest Florida, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Blue Zones Project is an exclusive partnership between Blue Zones and Sharecare. For more information, visit bluezonesproject.com.



About Sharecare

Sharecare is the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place. The Sharecare platform provides each person – no matter where they are in their health journey – with a comprehensive and personalized health profile, where they can dynamically and easily connect to the information, evidence-based programs, and health professionals they need to live their healthiest, happiest, and most productive life. With award-winning and innovative frictionless technologies, scientifically validated clinical protocols, and best-in-class coaching tools, Sharecare helps providers, employers, and health plans effectively scale outcomes-based health and wellness solutions across their entire populations. To learn more, visit www.sharecare.com.