Credit unions featured in day-long Blue Zones 2019 Worksite Well-Being Event

on "August 01, 2019 1:10 pm"

The first Blue Zones Project worksite summit was held on July 31 at the Hale Koa Hotel in Honolulu. It was an event dedicated to worksite well-being and featured knowledgeable speakers, breakout sessions, healthy food, and gentle exercise sessions. Credit unions were prominently featured at this conference.

Hawaii First FCU’s Mary Ann Otake and Carrie Fernandez were part of a panel discussion on sustaining the Blue Zones culture and activity in after certification. Maui County FCU’s Gary Fukuroku and staff were featured in a video shown during the general session.

Blue Zones Project® is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to a city’s environment, policy, and social networks. Established in 2010, Blue Zones Project is inspired by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author who identified five regions of the world—or Blue Zones®—with the highest concentration of people living to 100 years or older. Blue Zones Project incorporates Buettner’s findings and works with cities to implement policies and programs that will move a community toward optimal health and well-being.

Currently, 42 communities in nine states have joined Blue Zones Project, impacting more than 3.3 million Americans nationwide. The movement includes three beach cities in California; 15 cities in Iowa; Albert Lea, Minnesota; the city of Fort Worth; and communities in Southwest Florida, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

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Participants gather for a group photo.

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The good and not so good choices on display.

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Hawaii Credit Union League's Paula Sumimoto-Matsushima (center) lends support for Hawaii First FCU's 
Carrie Fernandez and Mary Ann Otake.

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Emcee and 98.5 radio personality Kaleo Pilanca (left) and Blue Zones's Royce Fukuroku (right) with Carrie and 
Mary Ann.