White Lake Hills
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.
Texas Christian University, Tarrant County College, and Texas Wesleyan University all joined the Blue Zones Project movement as Blue Zones Project Approved™ worksites. But their well-being initiatives extend far beyond the workplace, benefitting thousands of area students.
Numerous community partners, including Blue Zones Project, are working in schools, community centers, faith-based organizations, and through policy to help make healthy choices easier for residents of Stop Six. In conjunction with resources from the City of Fort Worth, they aim to improve the vitality of the neighborhood.
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.
Seniors at The Stayton at Museum Way are living examples of how following the Power 9® principles for longevity can lead to longer, better lives. Residents are moving more, connecting more, and singing the praises of Blue Zones Project.
Every morning, rain or shine, a group of White Lake Hills residents meet at 7 a.m. to get in their steps and share the issues of the day. These Walking Moais and Blue Zones Project have helped this once-disconnected neighborhood build stronger social connections.
First Congregational United Church of Christ was quick to adopt Blue Zones Project best-practices. As a result, this small church is having a big impact on the health and well-being of its congregants and the community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.