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By Mike Creger
Pine Knot News 

'Blue Zones' pitched in county as way to improve community health


February 22, 2019

Photo courtesy Blue Zones Project

Residents in Albert Lea have formed walking groups to connect socially while exercising as part of the Blue Zones project to enhance longevity. The southern Minnesota city was a test site for Blue Zones in 2009 and similar efforts have sprouted across the country. Now Carlton County is testing interest in creating a Blue Zones initiative here.

Pine Knot NewsA bad economy may have meant good timing for people in the far southern Minnesota city of Albert Lea. In the depths of the economic downturn that began in 2008, city leaders decided to take on a project to make its residents healthier.

"Why not do something that we can control," said Ellen Kehr. "It was better than just sitting around worrying about the economy."

What the city took on has been measured as a head-turning success. It's called the Blue Zones Project and a similar effort is being mustered in Carlton County, 10 years after the pilot project in Albert Lea.

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