Sunday, 16 June 2024

E Center WIC becomes first Blue Zones Project approved worksite in Lake County

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — Blue Zones Project – Lake County announced that E Center WIC is the first organization in Lake County that has achieved designation as Blue Zones Project Approved.

E Center WIC believes that good nutrition is the foundation for good health and strives to provide families with the inspiration and skills needed to succeed at being healthy, active, and creating positive habits.

WIC offers nutrition education and counseling, provides nutritious foods, and makes referrals to healthcare and other community resources as needed.

“Throughout the process of becoming an approved Blue Zones Worksite we have found opportunities to focus efforts inward to our staff,” says Kim Schott, program director. “We recognize that in order to invest in others, we must invest in ourselves. By implementing small changes on a daily basis, we are noticing improved morale. We know this can only lead to improved service to our community.”

To become Blue Zones Project Approved, the organization worked with the local Blue Zones Project team to identify best practices for health and well-being they were already implementing.

Additionally, they identified new practices to embrace, such as mapping two different walking routes for staff to utilize during work breaks, creating a health brand to support staff and clients, and forming a Well Being Committee to discuss Blue Zones Project progress at each staff meeting.

On March 29, the local Blue Zones Project team and Nick Buettner, vice president of community engagement for Blue Zones, celebrated the approval process with the E Center WIC team.

“E Center WIC is a true community leader. They’ve built off the good work they are already doing for our community to ensure that they make healthy choices easier and more accessible for their staff, too. As the first approved Blue Zones Project – Lake County Worksite, they are leading the way for our county to become a fully certified Blue Zones Project in July 2026,” said Blue Zones Project – Lake County Executive Director Jamey Gill.

Brought to Lake County through an innovative sponsorship by Adventist Health and Blue Zones, LLC, 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 learn more about becoming a Blue Zones Project Approved™ restaurant, organization, or worksite, contact the Blue Zones Project team in Lake County at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.lc.bluezonesproject.com.

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