(Beaver Dam) Another Blue Zones-Project ribbon has been cut. Grace Presbyterian Church in Beaver Dam is the newest faith-based community to receive the designation. The church was singled-out for the wellness team formed to improve the well-being of its congregation by focusing on physical, social and spiritual well-being.
The volunteer wellness team met regularly over several months to decide which practices most appealed to their congregation, choosing to focus on incorporating healthier food into events, increasing movement and social opportunities, and involving members of all ages.
The group started biking and walking together, cooking with healthier recipes, volunteering and establishing a meditation group along with monthly Wine-at-Five gatherings. The committee added healthy and nutritious food to regular weekly congregational gatherings and special events.
Among those events, their Plant Slant Potluck for Cinco de Mayo where Blue Zones-inspired recipes and dishes were shared. Grace Presbyterian also hosted one of the first Kitchen Coach Cooking Classes to experience preparing new dishes that participants brought home to enjoy with their family.
In addition, a bike rack was installed outside Grace Presbyterian and members partnered with other area churches for a bicycle ride event on the Wild Goose State Trail.
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.