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Blue Zones Project Blueprint

In January 2023, sector committees—comprised of community members focused on each of the sector areas of schools, worksites, community policy, restaurants & grocery stores, faith-based organizations, and individual engagement—came together to create an implementation plan for achieving the strategies outlined in this Blueprint. These sector committees—led by committee co-chairs who together compose the leadership team—play an important role in improving community well-being by engaging organizations and individuals, advocating for policy change, and increasing community awareness and engagement.

Commitment to Transparency

We believe in being transparent with our community. This project is as much ours as it is yours. We are in this work together. Here are a few ways we demonstrate our commitment to transparency:

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Building A Healthier Community

Join one of our Sector Committees by Completing the Application:

Communities across the U.S. are significantly lowering healthcare costs, improving productivity, fostering economic development, and enjoying a higher quality of life through Blue Zones Project.
Over a span of five years, local leadership and the Blue Zones team will launch and implement policy work and engagement initiatives in the Westside, Northside, and East Jax neighborhoods. As background, the City of Jacksonville and a coalition of community partners announced the launch of the Blue Zones Project in Jacksonville in June to help residents live better, longer lives. Blue Zones Project Jacksonville is a comprehensive initiative that transforms the environments where people live, work, learn, and play to measurably improve community well-being, resilience, and economic vitality. The Jacksonville initiative is supported by Baptist Health, Brooks Rehabilitation, the City of Jacksonville, Florida Blue, Jacksonville Jaguars, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Mayo Clinic in Florida, UF Health Jacksonville, Community First Credit Union, and United Way of Northeast Florida.
Blue Zones Project Jacksonville is adding members from these communities to our steering committee to help guide our efforts forward over the next six years.
We are looking for passionate and involved community leaders to help us move our work forward in zip codes 32206, 32208, 32209, 32210, and 32244. These committee members would bring their institutional knowledge and talents into a committee(s) of their choice giving support to the project as it moves forward. Our goal is to help our community become more livable, walkable, and bikeable – a healthier place to live, work, group up, and grow old.
Ideal candidates:
  • Are trusted and respected by their communities
  • Are committed to community over self, personal preferences or ambitions
  • Represent what the community truly needs
  • Are open to others’ points of view and
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to improving their community.

We are asking for approximately 5-7 hours per month of your time for meetings, working groups, events, support, etc.

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National Bike & Roll to School Day is Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Since May 2012, communities across the United States have encouraged active trips to school to incorporate regular physical activity each day, a healthy habit that can last a lifetime. See who is biking and rolling in 2024: bit.ly/3wsQNJVSome ways to improve the safety of a child’s active transportation to school include:​ *Always encourage visibility: Use reflectors and lights, especially in low-lit areas or times of day.​ *Always encourage the use of helmets and other injury-prevention protective gear.​ *Teach children to cross streets at marked crossings and to always look for traffic.​ *Provide and use safe, well-maintained walkways separate from vehicles.​ *Slow traffic in neighborhoods and near schools through traffic calming strategies and enforcement efforts.​ *Ensure that walkways are continuous and meet or exceed national accessibility standards.​Bike Rodeos are another fun, creative way to teach children about safe bicycle transportation. Watch this video from Olmsted County Public Health Services to learn more: bit.ly/4b8yngs#NTAM2024 ​#MayoClinicTraumaCenter ​The American Trauma Society ​#injuryprevention ... See MoreSee Less
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