Bigfoot has been spotted around Dubuque lately wearing a Blue Zones shirt and engaging in healthy activities.
Dubuque is one of 12 finalist cities vying for one of six Blue Zone designations the state will hand out. The state has already selected four Blue Zone communities in round one, including Cedar Rapids and Waterloo. Now, in round two, cities such as Iowa City and Dubuque are battling for the remaining six of a total 10 Blue Zone sites the state will eventually have.
Blue Zone communities receive direct assistance from national experts on how to become a healthier city.
Beside Sasquatch, folks in Dubuque will also notice about a dozen blue doors propped outside Blue Zone-friendly businesses, encouraging people who drive by to pledge to the Blue Zone mission of a healthy lifestyle. This is all part of Gov. Branstad's initiative to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by 2016.
"You know, we thought, 'What's something we can do to set us apart from other cities?' Because we're one of 12 cities vying for six spots to become Blue Zone Demonstration Sites, so we need to make a difference, and number one we need community support," Dubuque Blue Zones coordinator Michele Malone said.
People can visit the Dubuque Blue Zones website, Facebook page or Twitter feed to get information and pledge, which is free. They can also pledge via text message by sending the letters BZP to 772937, though standard text messaging rates apply.
The final six Blue Zone communities will be announced in January.
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