The Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) identified an opportunity for the Beach Cities (Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Manhattan Beach) to compete in a national contest to participate in the innovative Blue Zones Project initiative. The Beach Cities were selected to be the world's first Blue Zones Project by Healthways and Blue Zones from over 70 other cities across the nation (the Blue Zones Project principles were first tested in Albert Lea, Minnesota).
The Blue Zones concept was documented by Dan Buettner in the New York Times best-selling book, "The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who Have Lived the Longest." Becoming a Blue Zones Community is in line with BCHD’s vision of a healthy beach community. Through this initiative, BCHD and the City of Manhattan Beach hope to make permanent environmental and policy changes that support the well-being of people who live and work in the Beach Cities.
The City of Manhattan Beach is excited to participate in the Blue Zones Project initiative and wants the community to be engaged in this effort as well. If you would like to find out more about the City's involvement in Blue Zones Project initiative, please contact Angela Soo at (310) 802-5503.