Contact: Thomas Hottman
Good Blue Zones Project editorial Wednesday, but you missed an element: Good health is also an economic issue.
Productivity of the work force is an important issue for economic development. The City of Albert Lea in Minnesota reduced its employee absenteeism by almost 50 percent after implementation of their Blue Zones.
Lost work often means reduced earnings for employees and associated medical expenses can destroy a family budget or retirement income.
Prospective new businesses and new residents are attracted to cities that demonstrate they have their act together through community-wide efforts like the Blue Zones.
The State of Iowa is using its statewide Blue Zones program as a major marketing tool. Our local Blue Zones effort is potentially a game changer for Klamath, and Sky Lakes Medical Center is to be commended for getting this going.