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Blue Zones Seeks Volunteers To Help In Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Cedar Rapids is currently a demonstration site for the Blue Zones Project, but there is a lot to do before the city becomes a certified community.

The Blue Zones Project is looking for volunteers to help make Cedar Rapids become a certified community.

"A lot of things, they probably already do. They just don't realize it," volunteer Renee Oltrogge said.

Those include things like helping out at community events or just being a role model for Blue Zones in your own sphere.

"The whole concept is very basic. You can get out in the area and get the people in your world involved in it," Renee said.

A Blue Zones community is one that seeks the healthy alternative, like exercising, eating well, or sleeping to name a few.

In order for Cedar Rapids to become certified, a large percentage of the population has to be on board by January of 2016.

Volunteers like Ronda Anderson are the grassroots of the effort.

"It's just something that I knew I needed to get involved with. I'm a parish nurse at my church. Parish nursing goes really well with this, because as a parish nurse, I promote health and wellness," Ronda said.

The Blue Zones Project has about 200 volunteers signed up so far, but as they continue to hold volunteer meetings, they hope to see more and more rooms filled.

"We're just asking them to take a look at their life and look at the menu online of all the different options," Renee said.

"I just think it's great that Cedar Rapids is actually taking the time to do it and putting the effort into it," Ronda said.

The volunteer introduction meetings happen twice a month. If you're interested in volunteering, visit:

http://www.bluezonesproject.com/communities/cedar-rapids
 
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