Blue Zones Kickoff Celebration for West Hawai‘iAugust 24, 2017, 10:30 AM HST (Updated August 24, 2017, 12:40 PM)
The Blue Zones Project for West Hawai‘i hosts a kickoff celebration on Sat., Aug. 26, featuring National Geographic Explorer and New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner.
The event takes place at the old Sports Authority at Kona Commons. Activities begin at 1:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 3 p.m.
Blue Zones Project is a community-by-community, well-being improvement initiative designed to enable community members to live longer, happier lives with lower rates of chronic diseases and a higher quality of life.
To date, the Blue Zones Project has engaged over 7,800 individual residents and more than 170 organizations on Hawai‘i Island. Forty-eight of these organizations have become Blue Zones Project approved so the healthy choice can be the easy choice in the community.
Attendees arriving early will receive complimentary Blue Zones Project T-shirts and coupons for a smoothie discount provided by Jamba Juice while supplies last. Attendees will also have a chance to win prizes and can participate in these free, family-friendly activities related to the Blue Zones Power 9 well-being principles.
“By focusing on environmental change and making the healthy choice the easy choice, West Hawai‘i residents have an opportunity to create a stronger and healthier community, one that we can all be proud of. We hope individuals and families will come out to learn and experience how we can all live longer and healthier,” said County Councilmember Dru Mamo Kanuha, one of the leading advocates to bring the Blue Zones Project to West Hawaiʻi. “Mahalo to HMSA for proudly sponsoring this project for our island, as a future model for other communities across the country.”
For more information on Blue Zones Project in Hawaiʻi, or to learn how to participate, visit hawaii.bluezonesproject.com.