Shawnee Family YMCA is the first Blue Zones Project Approved™ worksite in Pottawatomie County. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, and will be a time to reflect and celebrate the YMCA's commitment to creating a healthier environment for their employees as well as the community. The Shawnee Family YMCA is located at 700 Saratoga St, Shawnee.

Brought to Pottawatomie County through an innovative sponsorship by Avedis Foundation in collaboration with Sharecare, 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 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