Lee County Public Education Center Designated A Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite

Lee County Public Education Center Designated A Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite
Posted on 07/29/2019
Lee County Public Education Center Designated A Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite

The School District of Lee County has been able to save $124 million in health care costs over the last five years because of a commitment to employee wellness. The Blue Zones Project took notice and has just designated the Lee County Public Education Center a Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite. The Blue Zones Project is a community-wide wellbeing improvement initiative to help make healthier choices easier for everyone around Southwest Florida.

“The District has been on a wellness journey for over a decade,” says Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins. “We are excited to be designated a Blue Zone Certified Workplace to recognize the District’s success in promoting healthy lifestyles for District employees. We know that healthy employees are more productive and engaged in their work, which directly impacts student achievement.”

Through the Active Lee Employee Wellness Department, district employees have access to health programs, support resources, exercise classes and wellness coaching to empower them to make healthier lifestyle choices. Active Lee tracks the results of those classes and has seen significant improvement in reversing diabetes, reducing high cholesterol, lowering blood pressure and cutting the number of pain medication prescriptions.

District personnel will soon begin working with school administrators to help them earn the Blue Zone Project Approved Worksite designation for their campuses.

The founder of Blue Zones is Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and multiple New York Times bestselling author. He discovered five places in the world ¬– dubbed blue zones – where people live the longest and are healthiest. Dan and a team of demographers and researchers found that all blue zones areas share nine specific lifestyle habits. Blue Zones is now dedicated to creating healthy communities across the United States.

A special ceremony to officially recognize the Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite is planned for 11:00am on July 31st in the Board Room of the Lee County Public Education Center.