Wayland Academy Earns Blue Zones Designation In Three Categories

(Beaver Dam) Wayland Academy is the newest Blue Zones Project-Approved school in Dodge County. The school was able to earn the designation in three areas: as a school, a worksite and a restaurant. Blue Zones officials say this trifecta is a rare achievement for any organization nationwide. Adding that it exemplifies the commitment Wayland Academy has to focusing on the well-being of employees, students and the community in which they live. Steered by a worksite wellness committee, Wayland addressed personal concerns that led to stress and offered staff ways of moving more often. For example, flexible workstations were added, walking routes were mapped out, the availability of bike racks as well as showers and locker rooms allow staff to consider a more active commute to work. Wayland’s employee assistance program provides resources that include a 24-7 nurse line, weight management and nutrition coaching, tobacco cessation counseling and chronic condition help. Wayland Academy Head of School Joe Lennertz says the incorporation of the Blue Zone Project ideas will make their community stronger and healthier in what they eat, how they move and exercise and how they work. 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.