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Sky Lakes Now Blue Zones Project Approved

Hospital news | Monday, June 27, 2016

Contact: Thomas Hottman

Sky Lakes Medical Center is the first Blue Zones Project Approved worksite in the state of Oregon, according to a Blue Zones Project press release.

Since January, Sky Lakes made changes to promote health and well-being for more than 1,300 employees to become Blue Zones Project Approved.

Blue Zones Project is a community based well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthier choices easier through permanent changes in environment, policy and social networks.

Klamath Falls is Oregon's first Blue Zones Project Demonstration Site with Sky Lakes at the forefront of the local change. Currently, more than 50 different restaurants, worksites, faith-based and civic organizations and schools in Klamath Falls are working to achieve a Blue Zones Project approval.

Sky Lakes achieved Blue Zones Project Approved status by successfully completing the Blue Zones Project Worksite Pledge and adopting or supporting a number of well-being best practices. Sky Lakes prioritized:

  • Improving cafeteria food and beverage choices by increasing access to healthy options, including an employee farmers market;
  • Regularly sharing communications about wellness resources like walking groups as well as sharing success stories;
  • Regularly encouraging employees to commute to work by walking, biking or public transit.

"Working with Blue Zones Project, Sky Lakes has been able to adopt best practices that enhance the impact of existing employee wellness efforts and truly demonstrate our commitment to a healthy work environment," Paul Stewart, president and CEO of Sky Lakes Medical Center, said in a press release. "I am proud of our staff for being part of a project that will help improve the quality of life for our friends and neighbors in Klamath Falls."

As part of the well-being efforts at Sky Lakes, more than 250 employees have taken the Blue Zones Personal Pledge — a personal well-being commitment.