Juneau Recognized For Being ‘Wisconsin Healthy Community’

(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Blue Zones Project presented the Juneau Common Council with a certificate Tuesday night to recognize being named a Wisconsin Healthy Community. Juneau joined Beaver Dam, Horicon and 28 other communities in the state receiving the silver designation through the UW Population Health Institute. The program, funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program, is designed to celebrate and encourage achievements in health improvement in Wisconsin, and to serve as a guide for communities to expand and enhance their health improvement efforts. The designation recognizes communities that focus on multiple factors influencing health with sustainable solutions. To receive the silver designation, communities must show they have developed programs and made progress addressing health issues, working toward long term solutions, with a plan and funding in place, and tracking outcomes. Leslie Covell-Hershberger with the Blue Zones Project says the recognition comes because Juneau adopted stronger anti-tobacco ordinances, implemented a complete streets policy that encourages bike lanes and because several businesses and the school are Blue Zones-approved.  The city will receive signage for placement at the city limits. The Healthy Community Designation lasts for three years, at which point a community may reapply.