First Mayville School Designated As A Blue Zone

(Mayville) The Parkview Primary Learning Center in Mayville was recognized Friday as the newest Blue Zones Project-approved school in Dodge County. Students, staff, faculty, parents, and the public gathered to celebrate the designation, which officials say reflects the school’s commitment to teaching kids healthier habits.

Blue Zones Project Steering Committee Co-Chair Linda Klinger says nothing is more rewarding to host organization – the Beaver Dam Community Hospital – than to see a school get Blue Zones-approved. Parkview Primary earned the distinction because it formed a Blue Zones Action Team and chose to incorporate movement and nutrition education lessons into regular curriculum for students.

Now, during classes including Art and Physical Education, students actively move while learning. Also, students spend an average of forty minutes a day at recess. Teachers have also added activities to provide students with the skills needed to breath deep, realign their focus, destress, and think more clearly.

The lunchroom uses research-based principles that nudge children to make a healthy choice when provided with the full spectrum of choices. The cafeteria also added more fresh produce and increased healthy options for students and staff. The school will host their first fun run this Friday, which will include students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Later this month, students will participate in a Walking School Bus, a staff-led walk from Parkview Primary to the Mayville Middle School where they will get on their regular buses or be picked up by parents, providing students with a little extra movement in their day. The Blue Zones Project is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthier choices easier by encouraging simple changes to environment, policy, and social networks.

For details about becoming a Blue Zones Project Approved organization or for general information about Blue Zones Project, Dodge County, call 920-342-2479, or visit


Left to right: Leslie Covell Hershberger, Blue Zones Project Community Program Manager; Amanda Beck, First Grade Teacher; Jessica Stortz, Art Teacher; Nikki Williams, Food Service Director; Becky LeBouton, Parkview Primary Learning Center Principal; Mike LeBouton, Blue Zones Project School Committee Co-chair