"Creating a Culture of Health: The Blue Zones Projects in Four Oregon Communities"

November 2, 2018

This presentation provides an overview of the framework, strategies, and evaluation methods used by the Blue Zones Project.

A panel of Oregon State University Extension Service faculty share what they have learned and how the BZP and other population-based models can positively influence people, places and policies in a community.

Blue Zones are geographically defined areas where people live measurably longer lives. Researchers studying these areas have developed a well-being model for community transformation called the Blue Zones Project (BZP). This model focuses on people, places and policy through multisector engagement in schools, worksites, restaurants, grocery stores, faith based and civic organizations.

Four Oregon communities are a part of the Blue Zones Project: Klamath Falls, the Dalles, Grants Pass and Roseburg.

At the core of Blue Zones Project is a concentration on community-supported health. Results have been encouraging and in 2018 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded Klamath County with its coveted Culture of Health Prize.

 

Presenters

Patty Case, MS, RD, CDE
Associate Professor,  College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University
Mandy Hatfield
Nutrition Education Coordinator,  College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University
Cheryl Kirk
Senior Instructor, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University
Lauren Kraemer, CPS, MPH
Instructor, Extension Family and Community Health Program, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University