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THE HEALTHY CHOICE CAN BE THE EASY CHOICE.

Lift Your Students. Strengthen Your School and Community.

Schools have long been one of the most important factors in helping kids make good choices about eating well and staying healthy. Blue Zones Project offers school leaders programs and policies that make it easier to teach students how they can lead longer, happier lives.

Schools are in a powerful position to influence health and well-being for generations. Taking action is easier than ever in an environment of community-wide change, with local resources available for support. Contact our Blue Zones Project team to get started with the Blue Zones Project School Pledge.

Benefits For Schools

• Evidence-based strategies to help children grow up to be healthier, more productive members of society
• The implementation of Blue Zones Project policies and programs increase student engagement and excellence in the classroom
• Healthier students earn higher test scores, have higher attendance rates, and tend to be better adjusted and socially connected
• Education of the entire family about how to improve well-being
• Access to Blue Zones Project marketing collateral for classrooms, cafeteria, and hallways to support well-being efforts
• Recognition for being part of an important community-wide project to improve well-being

Youth Engagement

Our goal is to inspire, engage, inform, and connect youth across Jacksonville to improve the trajectory of their health and well-being. Stay tuned for details about our upcoming community youth wellness event in 2024. 

Youth Health Listening Sessions

These in-person events were all about listening to the voices of young people in shaping their own health and well-being. We were able to hear directly from the youth of our community, to help us can better understand their needs and concerns. Together, we are working towards creating a healthier future for our youth.

Youth Health Listening Sessions

These in-person events were all about listening to the voices of young people in shaping their own health and well-being. We were able to hear directly from the youth of our community, to help us can better understand their needs and concerns. Together, we are working towards creating a healthier future for our youth.

Youth Health Listening Sessions

These in-person events were all about listening to the voices of young people in shaping their own health and well-being. We were able to hear directly from the youth of our community, to help us can better understand their needs and concerns. Together, we are working towards creating a healthier future for our youth.

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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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