(Juneau) The Dodge County Blue Zones Project held a ribbon cutting celebration yesterday for Clearview Health Facility, the newest worksite to become Blue Zones-Approved. Sponsored by the Beaver Dam Community Hospital, Blue Zones is a community-led, well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy, and social networks.
The designation was given because of the dedication of a team of employees committed to making healthy choices easier at their worksite. Clearview staff formed a wellness committee and implemented practices like encouraging employees to move naturally and enjoy plant-based meals while connecting with co-workers. Several Clearview employees have joined walking groups that regularly walk together.
In addition, the Clearview worksite offers sit-to-stand desks; encourages micro breaks, standing meetings, and walking meetings; maps out and measures indoor and outdoor walking routes; places signs throughout the building that gently remind employees to use the stairs rather than take the elevator; promotes the borrow-a-bike program to employees; and hosts regular fitness challenges. The facility also has a garden which provides fresh produce that is used by the kitchen for both employees and residents. Several quiet spaces are available both inside and outside for employees to relax or meditate.
Clearview Executive Director Jane Hooper says cannot pour from an empty cup and if staff cannot care for each other then they cannot provide skilled care for their residents. For details about becoming a Blue Zones Project Approved organization or general information about Blue Zones Project, Dodge County, call 920-212-8511, or visit dodgecounty.bluezonesproject.com.
Photo (Left to Right): Jodi Kurutz, Clearview Assistant Administrator; Leslie Covell Hershberger, Blue Zones Project Community Program Manager; Linda Klinger, Blue Zones Project Steering Committee Co-chair; Jane Hooper, Clearview Executive Director; Kurt Klomberg, Blue Zones Project Worksite Committee Co-Chair; Jim Hill, Clearview Director of Environmental Services.