A Food Policy Summit was held recently as part of the Blue Zones project. The event provided insights into strategic priorities to improve food policy and healthy food environments in Pottawatomie County.

Speaker was Terra Soma’s CEO, Dr. Margaret (Maggi) Adamek, nationally recognized for her unique, impact-oriented approach to helping people and partnerships create healthy communities. Her longstanding experience with food systems change – from production to consumption – provided clients with clear, strategic counsel and support as they launch initiatives to improve local economies, public health, and agricultural systems.

The Blue Zones Project Pottawatomie County Discovery process surfaced four key opportunities that will create and improve healthy food environments in Pottawatomie County: improve healthy eating, increase access to healthy foods, decrease prevalence of unhealthy foods and build a healthy food infrastructure. The Food Policy Summit provided an overview of the current food environment and finalize priorities for food policy in Pottawatomie County.

Brought to Pottawatomie County through an innovative sponsorship by Avedis Foundation in collaboration with Healthways, Inc. 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.

Based on principles developed by Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author of “The Blue Zones” and “The Blue Zones Solution,” Blue Zones Project is designed to designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to the built environment, policy and social networks.

To learn more about Blue Zones Project, contact the Blue Zones Project team in Pottawatomie County at 405-765-8071 or visit www.bluezonesproject.com.