Leaders in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Marion and three other Iowa cities were celebrating on Tuesday after winning designation as Blue Zone communities.
All three Corridor communities were passed over in 2012 in a first round of competition when Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Mason City and Spencer were named the state’s first Blue Zone communities, a status that brings funding and staff support into a community to help it implement a program of health initiatives.
Cedar Rapids has received its designation for 2013, and Stephanie Neff, deputy director of Linn County Public Health, on Tuesday said the plan is to have an office open and ready to go by March 1. The staff will include three staff members supported by Blue Zones Project funding and three supported locally, either by local funding or the lending of staff members to the initiative, Neff said.
What do you think of the designation? Is it significant to help implement new health initiatives?