Blue Zones Project® Lake County Launches With Community Kickoff Celebration at Hope4Health

Blue Zones Project Lake County is thrilled to partner with Adventist Health Clear Lake to celebrate its official launch in the community with the Blue Zones Project Community Kickoff and First Annual Hope4Health Festival/Hope in the Park Concert.

Local residents are invited to join the fun-filled day of events on Saturday, May 14 from 10 am-5 pm at Austin Park, Clearlake, Calif. The free, family-friendly Blue Zones Project Kickoff and Hope4Health Festival experiences will take place from 10 am-3 pm, followed by the inaugural Hope in the Park Concert featuring the inspirational music of Unity Voices from 3-5 pm.

“We are so pleased by the incredible amount of community support we received over the last six months as we worked with local stakeholders to create the foundation for this project,” said Jamey Gill, Executive Director of Blue Zones Project Lake County. “We are now excited to engage with the public at large through people, places, and policy. We encourage everyone in Lake County to come to our Community Kickoff at Adventist Health’s Hope4Health Festival, meet our team, and learn how to get involved!”

“We are proud to team up with local organizations to bring this annual family-friendly festival to Lake County offering free food, activities, live concert, and health screenings for all ages,” said David Santos, president of Adventist Health Clear Lake. “Promoting activity and making healthy choices aligns with our mission to better the well-being of the community. This year, in collaboration with the Blue Zones Project, we invite you to bring your friends and family to enjoy the Hope4Health Festival and Hope in the Park Concert.”

Based on principles discovered during an ongoing twenty-year longevity study developed by Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Zones and The Blue Zones Solution, Blue Zones Project is designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent and semi-permanent changes to a community’s-built environment, public policies, and social networks. The Blue Zones Project Community Kickoff celebration event will explore core themes inspired by the original Blue Zones Power 9® principles that help people live longer, healthier lives: Connect, Eat Wisely, Move Naturally and Right Outlook.

Attendees will be invited to sample healthy bites from local culinary talent in the Taste of Blue Zones area, family-friendly games and activities including hourly demonstrations, plant mini gardens, downshift by visiting a featured petting zoo, and Hula Hoop contest! Guests can also enjoy interactive stations hosted by partner organizations and businesses such as NCO Gardens Project, Easterseals, various Rotary clubs, and WIC.  

Special guest speaker Nick Buettner, Vice President of Community Engagement and producer of Blue Zones expeditions, will take the stage to share his exploration story to the original blue zones longevity hotspots, and the habits and longevity secrets discovered to help everyone live a longer, better life. Throughout the day guests will also receive fun giveaways and a chance to win prizes like paddleboards, kayaks, and bodyboards.

All Blue Zones Project community events are free for participants. To volunteer, learn more, and register for the Kickoff event visit lc.bluezonesproject.com/community-kickoff.

More information about Blue Zones Project Lake County is available at https://lc.bluezonesproject.com/home. For updates on more ways to get engaged and the latest events and local happenings, follow on Facebook @bzplakecounty and Instagram at @bzp_lakecounty.

More information about Hope4Health is available at https://www.adventisthealth.org/clear-lake/about-us/community-wellness/hope4health/.

About Blue Zones Project Lake County

Blue Zones Project® is brought to the Lake County through an innovative sponsorship with Adventist Health and Blue Zones, LLC.  Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii, as well as others across the U.S. through its Blue Zones® organization, a pioneer in taking a systemic and environmental approach to improving the health of entire cities and communities. Through this work and other initiatives, Adventist Health is leading a 21st-century well-being transformation movement.

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