(Beaver Dam) The ribbon was cut Tuesday on the newest Blue Zones Project-approved worksite in Dodge County. The Beaver Dam Unified School District earned the designation by committing to wellness improvements that focus on healthy eating, increased movement and mindfulness. To kick-off the upcoming school the cafeteria has optimized their lunch options to make the healthy choice the easy choice. The few remaining vending machines on campus will predominantly feature milk, water and 100-percent fruit juice. School staff members have also formed Potluck Moais, which is a group of people that met for a common purpose such as enjoying plant-based meals or hold walking tours together. Employees of the Beaver Dam school district also utilize sit-to-stand desks and are encouraged to take micro-breaks through the day in an effort to limit the amount of time seating. Staff is also encouraged to limit stress by connecting with like-minding people who help facilitate healthy choices. School Board Member Bev Beal-Loeck says she is excited to see the district embrace the Blue Zones Project and emphasis the positives one can see to their health when small, incremental changes are made. The Blue Zones Project, sponsored by the Beaver Dam Community Hospital, is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy, and social networks.
Photo (Left to Right): Linda Klinger, BDCH Director of Rehab and Wellness; Renee Peterson, Blue Zones Project worksite committee co-chair; Stacy Van Buren, Beaver Dam School District wellness team and Human Resources Manager; Laura Maron, Beaver Dam School District wellness team and Washington Elementary School principal; Bev Beal-Loeck, Beaver Dam School board member