Spirit Lake Receives Blue Zones Certification

Wed 4-1-2015 []

(Spirit Lake)-- It's official: Spirit Lake has been designated a "Blue Zones" community through Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Healthways, Incorporated. The initiative encourages communities to optimize their surroundings to "make the healthy choice the easy choice". The city has been working to achieve the certification since October, 2012 when the community was named a Blue Zones Project demonstration site.

Becky Wampler, Director of Healthcare Sustainability for Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield tells KUOO news the community needed to meet six different requirements to land the Blue Zones certification...Blue Zones certification01 

Wampler says the community has a lot to be proud of in receiving the certification...Blue Zones certification02 

Spirit Lake is the 7th community in Iowa and 2nd under 10,000 in population to achieve the Blue Zones designation.