Closing in on a year and a half, the Blue Zones Project (BZ) team — after months of collecting data to address problematic health statistics plaguing the community — has shifted gears to actively encouraging healthy options throughout businesses all over the area.

Many local entities are already celebrating becoming Blue Zones approved.

Also, now that summer is on the horizon, there has been a push to make fresh fruits and vegetables more readily available by opening multiple farmers markets around town.

BZ Senior Vice President Tony Buettner said he's never seen a community so poised to do extraordinary things.

The project has an office headquartered at 420 E. Main St.