Bonita Bay + Blue Zones

Community Association joins Blue Zones Project
to support longer, better lives

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Bonita Bay Community Association Blue Zones Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

NAPLES, Fla. – May 11, 2017 – Can your community make you healthy? It can if you live in Bonita Bay. The Bonita Bay Community Association recently became a Blue Zones Project® recognized organization, reflecting its commitment to making healthy choices easier.

Bonita Bay joins more than 60 area companies and groups engaged in Blue Zones Project—a community-by-community, well-being improvement initiative designed to support longer, better lives through permanent changes to the environment, policy, and social networks. Principles are based on lifestyles in Blue Zones®, pockets of the world where people live longer with less chronic disease and higher quality of life.

To achieve Blue Zones Project recognition, Bonita Bay implemented a variety of best practices for longevity, such as adding bike racks at the Bonita Bay Community Center and in its three parks to encourage residents to be active. The Community Center cut back on offerings of sugar-laden beverages and hosted well-being events like chair yoga, tai chi, dance classes, and health seminars. In addition, Bonita Bay held plant-based cooking demonstrations, including Breakfasts You Want to Eat, Healthy Holiday Meals, Daily Tweaks for Longevity, and Raw Foods for Rookies. The community also has more than 12 miles of walking paths.

“When we began to explore the concept of Blue Zones Project, we quickly realized it’s a natural fit for our residents,” stated Jennifer Moening, assistant director of community activities. “.Bonita Bay is a thriving, active community, and Blue Zones Project gives us the tools and resources to take well-being to an even higher level.”

Brought to Southwest Florida by NCH Healthcare System, in collaboration with Healthways®, Inc. and Blue Zones, LLC, Blue Zones Project is a vital part of Southwest Florida’s well-being improvement initiative that encourages changes to the community that lead to healthier options. For more information about Blue Zones Project – Southwest Florida, visit southwestflorida.bluezonesproject.com.

About Bonita Bay Community Association

Bonita Bay is a resident-controlled, master-planned community consisting of 2,400 acres that include lakes and natural preserves, emphasizing excellence in environmental planning, wildlife habitat management, and resource conservation; consistently exceeding homeowners’ expectations since 1985. Community amenities include a private beach park, tennis, bocce, pickle ball, 12-miles of pathways and kayaking. The Bonita Bay Marina offers both wet and dry slips and hosts a casual, seasonal restaurant. The Bonita Bay Club offers exclusive memberships for golf, tennis, and a state-of-the art fitness center and spa.

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, 37 communities in nine states have joined Blue Zones Project, impacting more than 2.2 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 a division of Healthways, a Sharecare company. For more information, visit bluezonesproject.com.

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(Press release supplied by Healthways and Blue Zones.)

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