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Focus on Blue Zones

July 6, 2012 @ 6:03 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Waterloo & Cedar Falls, IA move on to Blue Zones Focus Groups next week.  This is the chance for local input as we move toward identifying which specific projects we will choose to initiate.

Topics are:  School and Community Policy;  Employer, Grocery, and Restaurants;  Volunteering, Engagement, and Purpose.  Pick your favorite.  Meetings are 4:30-6:30 pm at Wloo West and CF High respectively.  For specific date and location of each topic go to:  bluezonesprojectwaterloo@healthways.com or bluezonesprojectcedarfalls@healthways.com.

I will attend Employers, Grocery, Restaurants.   Nutrition is a key aspect of good bone health.  Making foods high in calcium easier to identify will be an obvious step forward for bone health. 

With increasing numbers of Americans choosing to go more Vegetarian, replacing nutrients normally found primarily in meat and dairy becomes important.  Identifying the protein, B vitamins, and calcium content of foods will make smart choices easier.  This is true in  restaurants as well as grocery stores.

Frequent movement, light exercise, and good posture while working improve bone health and overall health.  Many workplaces are moving in the right direction.  We should help those move forward.  We need to help others realize that most improvements help the employer as well as the employees.

Take control naturally.  Join the Blue Zone project.  It will help you personally and your community too.

Jay Ginther, MD

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