August 1, 2017

Blue Zones Project Approval for Three Lakes and Riverside High Schools

From Alison Hopcroft, Blue Zones Project Oregon:

Three Lakes and Riverside High Schools have successfully completed all of the steps required to become Blue Zones Project Approved™.

In February, Blue Zones Project facilitated a Purpose Workshop for staff and another for students. The workshop helps participants identify their gifts, strengths, and passions, and combined those into living a life of and on purpose. The workshop got great reviews from staff and students.
Three Lakes and Riverside High Schools are playing an important role in the Oregon Healthiest State initiative. Over the last year, Three Lakes and Riverside worked towards becoming a Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite, and they were approved in early July.
Some of the initiatives they implemented to earn this designation include:
  • Starting a local Wellness Committee that complements the work being done by the MESD Wellness Committee
  • Offering staff a free Myers-Briggs personality assessment to support better communication between management and employees
  • Encouraging staff to take regular stretch breaks and have more walking meetings
  • Providing ergonomic assessments and equipment such as headsets for office-based staff
  • Offering healthier cafeteria options
By implementing these healthy evidence-based options, Three Lakes and Riverside is helping to improve the well-being of its employees and their families. 

Blue Zones Project® is a community-wide well-being initiative that works with individuals, organizations and communities to make healthy choices easier. By making small but permanent changes to the places we live, work, learn and play, we can all live longer, healthier lives. Blue Zones Project was brought to Oregon by Cambia Health Foundation in support of the Oregon Healthiest State initiative.
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