Dodge County Blue Zones Project Kickoffs Announced

3/9/17 – A series of kick-off dates has been announced for the Dodge County Blue Zones Project. After two years of work, Dodge County was officially designated as the first Blue Zone community in the state of Wisconsin last fall. The regional health initiative brings together local volunteers with health experts from around the country to implement a series of strategies modeled after parts of the world where people live to age 100 at rates ten times greater than the national average. That could mean anything from a healthy check-out lane at the grocery store to a walking or biking trail to cooking classes. The Blue Zones Project draws upon more than 200 evidence-based practices to help restaurants, schools, churches, grocery stores, and worksites make sustainable changes that encourage healthier choices. The kickoffs will be held on Tuesday April 18 (6pm) at Mayville High School; Wednesday April 19 (6pm) at Dodgeland School in Juneau; Saturday April 22 (10am) at Horicon High School and Sunday April 23 (1pm) at Beaver Dam High School.  Anyone in Dodge County can be part of the benefits of being in a Blue Zone though the initiative is initially focused on those four communities. It is anticipated to be a three-year project. More information is available online at