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Two CR Schools Designated As Blue Zones

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Harrison Elementary and Viola Gibson Elementary have officially been designated the first two Blue Zones schools in Cedar Rapids.

Both of the schools have implemented policies and programs which create a learning environment that supports well-being of students and staff, including providing a tobacco-free campus, making changes to the lunchroom to help students choose healthier foods, prohibiting unhealthy food advertising on school grounds, incorporating lifestyle focused activities into physical education curriculum, creating a school garden, and starting a Walking School Bus program.

Becoming Blue Zones schools not only supports Cedar Rapids in becoming a Certified Blue Zones Community, but also gives the schools the opportunity to join other leading schools in the national trend toward healthier education.

The environment we create for students and young people has an impact on their daily lives, said Stephanie Neff with the Blue Zones Project. That environment will serve as the standard by which they will live out their future it will become their norm. Educators and administrators not only impart knowledge on a daily basis, they are also influencing lifestyle choices that students will emulate for years to come.

Viola Gibson will celebrate their designation on Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the school gymnasium. Harrison's celebration will be held on Monday at 3:00 p.m. in the field behind the school. Families and community members are all invited to both events.
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