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Event at UNI to commemorate Blue Zones designation

October 12, 2012

Elisa Cohen, graduate assistant, health, physical education and leisure services,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Cedar Falls and Waterloo have both been selected as demonstration communities in the Blue Zones initiative. A commemorative event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, on the south side of Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The event will include informational and interactive tables with games and activities to promote awareness of healthy habits. The event is free and open to the public.

Elisa Cohen, a UNI graduate student in the School of Health Physical Education and Leisure Services, has been assigned to coordinate and implement the efforts. The cities will receive assistance and resources to expand opportunities that promote healthy lifestyle choices, such as continued development of trails, parks and recreational activities.

"The Blue Zones Project is providing each of us the knowledge and tools to take easy, simple steps that can make our whole community a happier, healthier place to live," said Cohen. "This means more opportunities and an enhanced physical, emotional and spiritual health for everyone in our community."

The Blue Zones Project is a global initiative designed to allow people to make healthier choices through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks. To support the Cedar Falls and Waterloo Blue Zones initiatives, visit For additional information, contact Cohen at