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Fort Worth to mark Blue Zones community certification with free celebration

Posted Oct. 30, 2018 | Last updated Nov. 8, 2018

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Fort Worth joins 19 Blue Zones Communities across the country and is the nation’s largest certified Blue Zones Community.

After a five-year push to make healthy choices easier, Fort Worth has achieved something really big: certification as a Blue Zones Community.

The designation reflects successful, citywide implementation of Blue Zones Project, a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier. Fort Worth joins the ranks of 19 Blue Zones Communities across the country and is the nation’s largest certified Blue Zones Community.

And now, it’s time to celebrate.

The public is invited to join Blue Zones Project at a free community celebration from 2-5 p.m. Nov. 10. at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave.. The event will feature activities and entertainment for the whole family.

Music will be provided by the Dunbar High School marching band, The Stayton Strummers, Mariachi Espuelas de Plata from North Side High School and DJ Phil. Activities include Zumba with Kingdom Fitness, Camp Gladiator, PT Fitness, massages by Point of Touch, mindfulness and breathing techniques with Analiese Hill, gardening with the Master Gardeners, art with the Kimbell Art Museum.

For kids the event will offer a bounce house, rock climbing, games, Tail Waggin’ Tutors therapy dog and golf with The First Tee.

There will also be a coffee and juice bar, plant-based food samples prepared by Trimble Tech High School Culinary Arts and area restaurants, giveaways and prize drawings, including Fort Worth Family Staycation packages. Attendees are encouraged to tell their well-being transformation story in the Blue Zones video booth.

NBC 5 Today anchor Deborah Ferguson will be the event’s special guest.

Free parking is available at Farrington Field and UNT Health Science Center. Ride a bike to the event and enter to win a Blue Zones Project bike jersey at the Bike Corral. If you rent a bike through BCycle, use code 112018 for a $2 discount Nov. 5-10.

Since 2014, Fort Worth has undergone a neighborhood-by-neighborhood transformation, improving well-being through permanent changes to the built environment, policy and social networks. Fort Worth’s well-being, as measured by the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, has increased significantly while the U.S. score declined. Exercise, fruit and vegetable consumption, and pride in the city is up, while smoking is down.

“Healthy cities are vibrant places where people want to live, work and play, and that describes Fort Worth now more than ever,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “We have all been working together to make healthy choices easier — and that’s driving real, positive change. I hope the community will join us in celebrating this amazing achievement.”

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