(SIOUX CITY, IA) You may have heard the phrase "Blue Zones" a lot lately. But few people know much about this effort to make Sioux City a healthier place to live. Tuesday, residents got a chance to learn more about Blue Zones and offer some of their suggestions as well.
There are people assigned to 10 subcommittees and their job is to educate the community on the Blue Zones plan.
Booths were set up Tuesday at the Sioux City Convention Center encouraging people to give the subcommittees feedback on the plan and share new ideas to take into consideration.
"More Sports in PE," says Jon Young, a Personal Trainer in Sioux City.
Big white paper boards filled the room and volunteers busily wrote in bright red marker as people threw out ideas on how to make Sioux city a healthier place.
"I think the walking more is great. Just get people moving. They're doing things in restaurants to make healthier choices so just a healthier diet and being more active," says Young.
Sioux City has been selected to be a Blue Zone - an initiative to help promote a healthier community. For the last several months committee members have been working hard on putting together a game plan.
"Some of the goals will talk about how restaurants or grocery stores want to improve menus or options for people who shop there and eat there, the schools will talk about what they want to do to improve physical education and food at the schools in particular," says Sue Brown, The Community Program Manager for Blue Zones.
The Blue Zones folks aren't the only ones trying to get Sioux City to think healthy. The Siouxland District Health Department is putting its best foot forward contributing in the form of creative advertising.
The City is showing its support for Health and wellness by adding these signs to each elevator in City hall, encouraging people to use the stairs.
"This year we went to Siouxland district health and asked for a community transformation grant so that we could actually take that kind of one step further, and do some signage," says Derek Carmona, who works for Sioux City Environmental Services.
Carmona says the catchy phrases have worked. The fifth floor says, Race a council member down the stairs - Tom Padgett says he has yet to get any takers.
"No one has challenged me yet. I guess we'll have to try it," Padgett says.
The folks at Blue Zones are always looking for volunteers if you want to get involved, head to: http://www.bluezonesproject.com/organization/get-involved and http://www.bluezonesproject.com/users/sign_up
You can also call the Blue Zones committee, they're located on the 3rd floor of City Hall in Downtown Sioux City: 712-224-6042