(Beaver Dam) The ribbon was cut Thursday on the newest Blue Zones Project-approved worksite in Dodge County. Hometown Pharmacy, along with owner Dr. Abbi Linde, have been recognized for their focus on employee and community well-being. Linde says she believes in the Blue Zones Project because it is about everything that she tries to do as a pharmacist, like helping people lose weight and manage their medication with food. Hometown Pharmacy, located inside of Rechek’s Food Pride which is itself a Blue Zones Project-approved grocery store, offers employees the option of using either standing or sitting workstations. Walking routes have been identified around Rechek’s and employees use a fitness tracking app to keep track of their steps throughout the day. Linde says they are so much more than a regular pharmacy that fills prescriptions and that her business really helps people get healthier rather than staying sick. 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 Rehabilitation and Wellness Services; Leslie Covell Hershberger, Blue Zones Project Community Program Manager; Kurt Klomberg, Blue Zones Project Worksite Committee co-chair; Dr. Abbi Linde, Hometown Pharmacy owner