DISCOVER FORT WORTH’S WELL-BEING STORIES

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Dr. Kendra Mayes combines faith, fitness, and family.

Attending First Saint John Cathedral can be a moving experience. It’s especially moving when Dr. Kendra Mayes leads the congregation in stretches, jumps, and Zumba routines once a month during the church’s Faith and Fitness Sundays.

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Sondra Hay cooks up better well-being at Central Market and at home.

To Sondra Hay, Central Market’s produce department is an eye-candy experience. She should know; before she retired, Sondra spent 21 years working at the foodie wonderland. Now she enjoys cooking plant-slant meals and moving naturally, seeing big changes as a result.

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Sarah Castillo satisfies fans and grows healthy sales at Taco Heads.

Sarah Castillo, the inspiration behind Taco Heads, thinks good food should also be good for you. Judging from the popularity of the Blue Zones-inspired menu items at her Cultural District restaurant, taco aficionados agree that plant-based is “muy bueno.”

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ALA's Sara Barnes and students are making their campus healthier and safer.

Sara Barnes and students at the Fort Worth ISD’s Applied Learning Academy have scored an A+ implementing Blue Zones Project best-practices throughout the school. Their efforts are benefitting the community as well, resulting in improved walkability for pedestrians.

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Roxanne Martinez helps children and parents score on and off the field.

Young athletes in Fort Worth’s Diamond Hill/Northside neighborhoods are scoring big, thanks to the efforts of Roxanne Martinez. Changes in her youth sports program on and off the field have participants – and their parents -- moving more, eating better, and connecting as a community.

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Changes at Mother Parkers influence positive changes in Michael Edwards

After college, Michael Edwards let time and health get away from him. His company’s involvement with Blue Zones Project opened his eyes and prompted him to make healthier choices in his life. Now he’s on track to a longer, better life.

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Diamond Hill Community Center knows how to build the community.

Every day, a dozen or so seniors gather at the Diamond Hill Community Center to get their steps in. But they’re not just walking. These Moai participants are socializing, sharing stories, and making lifelong friendships that will keep them moving for years to come.

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Dana Burghdoff is working to put more "activity" in Active Transportation

It shouldn’t be harder to walk or cycle than it is to drive a car. Dana Burghdoff is working behind the scenes and on the streets to change that, helping Complete Streets policies and Active Transportation Plans move forward in Fort Worth.

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Alex Rivera's personal fitness journey helps well-being take off at DFW Airport.

For many personal reasons, Alex Rivera is passionate about staying fit and healthy. He’s using that passion to motivate others at DFW Airport to improve their own well-being through exercise and Blue Zones Project.

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Elida Gonzalez ensures students are well-versed in well-being at W.J. Turner.

Elida Gonzalez was an early adopter of the Power9® principles. So she jumped at the chance to make W.J. Turner Elementary a Blue Zones Project Approved™ school. Now students are moving more, learning more, and excelling in improving their well-being.

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Darin McBryde is making snacking healthier at worksites across the city.

As the district manager of Canteen -- one of the largest vending companies in the country -- Darin McBryde is helping to make snacking healthier at worksites all over Fort Worth and North Texas. He’s improved his own health, as well, by adopting the Blue Zones Power 9® principles.

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Como moves its community forward, one step at a time.

At least three times a week, a group of Como residents take to the streets to get exercise, share stories, and connect with the community. These Walking Moai members are helping energize residents, moving Como a step closer to a thriving, revitalized neighborhood.

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A COMMUNITY WIDE APPROACH

Blue Zones Project works with all sectors of our community to improve well-being where we live, work, and play. Worksites, schools, restaurants, grocery stores, faith-based communities, and local organizations and associations can all play a role, ensuring our city’s well-being continues to rise. Contact us about becoming a Blue Zones Project Approved™ organization.

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RESOURCES FOR LIVING LONGER

A BLUE ZONES Community is one where healthy choices are easier to make and people live longer, better lives. Since 2014, Fort Worth has undergone a neighborhood by neighborhood transformation, improving well-being through permanent changes to our built environment, policy, and social networks.

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Building a More Livable Fort Worth Through Complete Streets

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