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Blue Zones Project recognizes John Deere Horicon Works for wellness commitment

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Posted 9/10/18

Blue Zones Project recognizes John Deere Horicon Works for wellness commitment



Horicon, Wisconsin –September 7, 2018 – Blue Zones Project® Dodge County held a ribbon cutting celebration today at John Deere Horicon Works to recognize the organization as the newest worksite to become Blue Zones Project Approved™. This designation demonstrates the commitment of John Deere Horicon Works to employee wellness and volunteer activities.


James Grigg, Mayor of Horicon, commented during the ribbon cutting ceremony, “On behalf of the City of Horicon and as a John Deere retiree, I congratulate you on becoming a Blue Zones Approved worksite. All Deere employees should be proud of what you have achieved. Because of your participation, our community is closer to becoming a certified Blue Zones Community.”


John Deere empowers employees to improve their health, safety, and well-being by providing educational opportunities available at break and lunch on a variety of safety and wellness topics. Additionally, an annual wellness fair is organized by the company’s wellness committee and available during regular workday hours.


Dozens of John Deere Horicon employees regularly meet to enjoy healthy meals or to walk for exercise. Indoor and outdoor walking routes have been established at John Deere and maps are posted for employees.


In addition, John Deere has committed to providing healthy choices in vending machines and the employee wellness team has organized on-site Farmer’s Markets to provide employees easy access to locally grown fruits and vegetables.


John Deere employees are encouraged to volunteer in organizations that strengthen their communities. In the Horicon area, Deere employees have been involved in Habitat for Humanity, the United Way Outreach Meal Packaging Event, the United Way Giving campaign, and other non-profit agencies in Dodge County.


“John Deere is a significantly important employer in this region,” said Kim Miller, President and CEO of Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Inc. to the employees gathered at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “A business like this is as good as its employees. It is really important for us, as employers, to support our employees and help you become even more robust in your wellness. You are supporting the future of this company and the future of this community.”


Brought to Dodge County by Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, in collaboration with Sharecare, Inc. and Blue Zones, LLC, Blue Zones Project is a community-by-community well-being improvement initiative—designed to make healthy choices easier through sustainable changes to environment, policy, and social networks.



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