6/8/17 – The ribbon was cut yesterday on the first Dodge County Blue Zones Project-approved worksite. The Beaver Dam Community Hospital was given the designation for demonstrating a commitment to supporting longer, better lives among employees as well as those they serve. As the primary sponsor of the local Blue Zones Project, the hospital is leading the community-wide, well-being initiative which is designed to make healthy choices easier through sustainable changes to environment, policy, and social networks. Blue Zones Project Dodge County Organization Lead Tracy Rose says the hospital has made several meaningful modifications throughout the campus. Blue Zones Project Dodge County Organization Lead Tracy Rose says the hospital has made several meaningful modifications throughout the campus. Rose says Beaver Dam Hospital has implemented a variety of practices that enhance employee well-being, such as forming an employee-led wellness committee, offering on-site fitness classes, designating a quiet space for workers and distributing fitness trackers to all employees while encouraging them to take two, 15-minute walking breaks each day. Hospital CEO Kim Miller says they are proud to lead the way toward improving the well-being of the county. Miller says as health care providers they should take care of themselves first so they then take care of the those in the county. She says employees have embraced the Blue Zones concept so wonderfully that the process has moved along faster than projected. Meanwhile, a Blue Zone-approved worksite designation is pending for the hospitals cafeteria which has undergone a full-scale food service transformation by partnering with Sustainable Kitchens, whose focus is to provide locally-sourced food and cooking “from scratch.”
For details about becoming a Blue Zones Project Approved worksite or general information about Blue Zones Project, Dodge County, call 920-212-8511, or visit dodgecounty.bluezonesproject.com.