Blue Zones Project
Blue Zones Project is a community-wide well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through changes to physical environment, policy, and social networks. Based on research by National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner, the initiative follows principles practiced by those who have lived the longest in the original Blue Zones areas of the world.

Blue Zones Project collaborates with worksites, schools, restaurants, grocery stores, faith-based communities, neighborhoods, and local organizations and associations to so that residents can live longer, healthier lives. Blue Zones Project in Fort Worth is under the umbrella of North Texas Healthy Communities, a non-profit outreach arm of Texas Health Resources.

A Blue Zones Community

After a five-year effort, Fort Worth became a certified Blue Zones Community® in October 2018. Hundreds of organizations and individuals partnered together to create a cultural shift and environmental change:

  • 88,600+ people took the Personal Pledge or participated in a Purpose Workshop, cooking demonstration, Moai, or volunteer activity
  • 130 Blue Zones Project Approved™ Worksites
  • 66 Blue Zones Project Approved™ Restaurants
  • 47 Blue Zones Project Approved™ Schools
  • 20 Blue Zones Project Approved™ Grocery stores
  • 16 Blue Zones Project Faith-Based Organizations
  • 56 Participating Organizations
  • 24 new food, built environment, and smoking policies enacted

A Better Community

Research from the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index shows that people in Fort Worth who are engaged with Blue Zones Project are healthier and happier. Since 2014, Fort Worth’s Well-Being Index has increased significantly – 3.7 points – while the U.S. score declined. Other improvements include:

  • Fort Worth’s metro area equivalent ranking improved to 31st from 185thbetween 2014 and 2018 (out of 190 metro areas), now placing Fort Worth in the top 20 percent of healthiest cities
  • Smoking is down 31 percent
  • Residents who exercise 30+ minutes 3+ days per week increased 17 percent
  • Consumption of fruits and vegetables increased 3 percent
  • Residents who are proud of our community increased 9 percent
  • More residents than ever agree that Fort Worth is the perfect place for them

Contact Us

Fort Worth businesses, schools, and organizations are encouraged to implement Blue Zones principles and help improve well-being throughout the community. For more information, visit LiveLongFortWorth.com or contact us at BlueZonesProject@TexasHealth.org.

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