Thursday, the Blue Zones Project, Pottawatomie County Steering Committee signed the Blue Zones Blueprint.
On Jan. 5, the Avedis Foundation and the Blue Zones Project announced Blue Zones Project Pottawatomie County, a community wellbeing improvement initiative. Blue Zones Project Pottawatomie County is bringing tools to help individuals across the county improve their well-being while implementing the full community transformation initiative starting in the city of Shawnee. This approach is intended to ignite a well-being movement across Pottawatomie County that will positively impact all county residents.
From January through March 2017, the Blue Zones Project team assessed Shawnee’s readiness. The Blue Zones Project team conducted a qualitative analysis of the community and met with local leaders across all sectors to learn about the strengths, challenges and opportunities for improving well-being in Shawnee. The teams findings are summarized in the Blue Zones Project Pottawatomie County Discovery Report for Shawnee. The findings in this report were coupled with expert- lead discovery meetings in the policy areas of built environment, food policy and tobacco policy to inform the Blueprint for the first year of Blue Zones Project implementation in Shawnee.
This Blueprint serves as a road map for the next three years as the Blue Zones Project works to make Pottawatomie County a healthier and happier place to live, work and play.
To learn more about the Blue Zones Project and ways to make the healthy choice the easy choice in your own life, attend the Blue Zones Project Kickoff Event. A fun, family-friendly event at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Shawnee High School's PAAC (Shawnee Performing Arts and Athletic Center).
Special thanks to the Avedis Foundation and the Pottawatomie County Steering Committee Members and Leadership Team for their commitment and leadership.
STEERING COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS
Michelle Briggs, Avedis Foundation, President and CEO
Justin Erickson, City of Shawnee, City Manager
STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Linda Capps, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Vice Chairman
Richard Finley, City of Shawnee, Mayor, Chamber & SEDF Rep
Melissa Dennis, Pottawatomie County, County Commissioner
Mike Adcock, Avedis Foundation Board Chair & Bodard Trust
Greg Gallman, Shawnee Tubing Solutions, Plant Manager
Chuck Skillings, St. Anthony Hospital, President
Randy Waters, First National Bank & YMCA Board
Dr. April Grace, Shawnee Public Schools, Superintendent
Marty Lewis, Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Superintendent
Dr. Will Smallwood, Oklahoma Baptist University, Senior Vice President
Dr. Michael Scaperlanda, St. Gregory’s University, President
Brenda Potts, Pottawatomie County Health Department, Director
Sallie McLaughlin, Gateway to Prevention & Recovery, Executive Director
Tom Terry, Retired Professor, Historical Society, Garden Club, Master Gardener
Jonas Mata, TSET (Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust), Director of Programs
LEADERSHIP TEAM MEMBERS
Justin Debruin, City of Shawnee, Community Development Director, Community Policy
Dr. Lepaine McHenry, Oklahoma Baptist University, Dean of Nursing, Schools
Ron Arthur, Shawnee Public Schools, Athletic Director, Schools
Joni Stanley, Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Evening Adult Coordinator, Schools
Linda Brown, St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital, Vice President of Support Services, Worksites
Josh Trimble, Oklahoma Baptist University, Director of Development, Worksites
Sarah Weeks, Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Agriculture Business Manager, Worksites
Richard Driskell, Firelake Discount Foods, Director, Restaurants & Grocery Stores
Lindsey Goodson, Community Market Food and Resource Center, Restaurants & Grocery Stores
David Henry, Family Promise Church, Pastor, Faith-based Organizations
Elaine Phillips, Family of Faith Church & School, Faith-based Organizations
Barbara Smith, Pottawatomie County Peddler’s and Bike Shop Owner, Individual Engagement
Kent Bush, Shawnee News Star, Publisher, Individual Engagement
Jill Spencer, State Farm Insurance, Citizen, Individual Engagement