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Diocese of Sioux City named Blue Zones worksite

Blue Zones Project Sioux City has announced the Diocese of Sioux City as a designated Blue Zones Worksite.

The diocese fulfilled the Blue Zones Worksite designation criteria including the engagement of more than 25 percent of its employees.

The Diocese of Sioux City completed designation criteria in the areas of leadership, purpose, habitat and physical environment, engagement and creation of social networks, policies and benefits, and well-being solutions.

Some of diocese’s accomplishments included adding a financial incentive program for joining the company wellness initiative. Employees receive preventive screenings and follow-up health coaching. They also support employee volunteering and charitable giving within the community.

“Our lives are so busy with work and family that often times we ignore important elements of being healthy, such as getting enough rest, exercising and being conscience of what we eat,” said Bishop Walker Nickless.
“As a Catholic bishop, I also want to encourage people to make sure their spiritual health is active as well,” he added. “I am very proud of our diocese for making our health more of a priority. The Blue Zones Project has been a blessing for all of us.”

A blue ribbon cutting and certificate presentation took place at 9 a.m. March 18 at the Central Catholic Offices in Sioux City. The week prior, Mercy Medical Center – Sioux City held a celebration to note its designation as a Blue Zones Worksite.

Brought to Iowa through a sponsorship by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, in collaboration with Healthways and Blue Zones, Blue Zones Project is a community-by-community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy, and social networks.

Sioux City is one of 15 Blue Zones Project demonstration sites in Iowa that are receiving assistance from experts to develop and implement a blueprint for making permanent environmental, social and policy changes that transition people into healthier behaviors, leading to longer, happier lives.

The Blue Zones Project is based on Blue Zones principles developed by Dan Buettner and is the centerpiece of the Healthiest State Initiative to make Iowa the healthiest state by 2016 as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the first-ever daily assessment of U.S. residents' health and well-being.

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