Pottawatomie County, OK — October 3rd, 2019 — Blue Zones Project® Approved Worksite, The Shawnee Family YMCA, will be hosting a party to celebrate the recent renovations and the grand reopening of Lion’s Club Playground on the intersection of Airport Drive and Federal. This recent work was completed due to efforts made possibly by a grant awarded to the YMCA from the Safe Routes to Parks partnership with full support from the City of Shawnee.

To celebrate the work done to breath new life into Lion’s Club Playground, the Shawnee Family YMCA will be holding a Grand Reopening party on Saturday, October 19th, 10am-12pm. This event is open to the community and will include free snacks, fun activities, and prizes.

Brought to Pottawatomie County through an innovative sponsorship by Avedis Foundation in collaboration with Sharecare, Inc. and Blue Zones, LLC, the 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 405-765-8052, or visit www.bluezonesproject.com.

About Avedis Foundation

Avedis Foundation is a private foundation with 501 (c) 3, nonprofit status, established in Oklahoma in 2012. Avedis seeks to measurably improve the health, wellness and quality of life for the people of Pottawatomie County and its surrounding communities. Avedis Foundation supports projects that directly benefit people from the communities we serve, particularly those projects that support overall well-being for any age group. For more information, visit avedisfoundation.org. 

About Blue Zones Project

Blue Zones Project® is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to a city’s environment, policy, and social networks. Established in 2010, Blue Zones Project is inspired by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author who identified five regions of the world—or Blue Zones®—with the highest concentration of people living to 100 years or older. Blue Zones Project incorporates Buettner’s findings and works with cities to implement policies and programs that will move a community toward optimal health and well-being. Currently, 42 communities in nine states have joined Blue Zones Project, impacting over 3 million Americans nationwide. The movement includes multiple communities in California; 15 cities in Iowa; Albert Lea, Minnesota; the city of Fort Worth; and communities in Southwest Florida, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Blue Zones Project is a Sharecare company. For more information, visit www.bluezonesproject.com.