Charleston could become first 'blue zone' city on the east coast
CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A city helping its residents become healthier by implementing healthier choices through the environment and policy.
That's the idea behind the Blue Zone Project.
Whether its healthier choices in the checkout line at the grocery store, school programs to educate children on healthier options or creating stronger social connections with neighbors, blue zones are meant to help people live longer, better lives.
National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner identified five regions of the world, also known as Blue Zones, where high concentrations of people lived to be 100 years old or even older. The Blue Zones project, which includes 42 U.S. communities, incorporates Buettner's findings to help its residents.
Charleston hosted an introductory meeting in November 2017 and the project visited Charleston in February to see if the city could be a good candidate. Officials met with community retailers, schools and faith-based groups in the city to see whether or not the Holy City was ready.
The group is now returning to Charleston to announce whether the city is prepared to be a Blue Zone. The meeting is scheduled for Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at The Schoolhouse at 720 Magnolia Road.
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