Rotary Club of Immokalee and BKS Yoga Studio join the Blue Zones

Rotary Club of Immokalee and BKS Yoga Studio join the Blue Zones

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Rotary Club of Immokalee and BKS Yoga Studio join the Blue Zones

The Rotary Club of Immokalee and BKS Yoga Studio are the latest entities to earn recognition by the Blue Zones Project in Southwest Florida.

The Immokalee Rotary, which is celebrating 55 years of service, began offering a plant-based meal option at their luncheon meetings and encourages members to have smaller portions, Vicki Gauze, president of the organization, said.

“Blue Zones Project helped Rotary Club of Immokalee to better understand and appreciate the benefits of offering healthy plant-based options with every meal to our members,” Gauze said in a press release. “Our lunches are served at the Immokalee Technical College by their culinary arts class and students, and they now provide the option to members to choose a healthier option in their cafeteria.”

The rotary places a sign at the beginning of the serving table to promote the healthier option and provides a to-go container to encourage a smaller portion.

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In this 2015 video, the Blue Zones Project held a community kickoff in Naples.
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The Blue Zones project was introduced to Southwest Florida in 2015 based on the world travels of Dan Buettner, who identified communities worldwide where people share lifestyle traits and live to 100 or older. He wrote a New York Times best-seller about the nine principles of longevity.

The “Power Nine” include moving naturally by being physically active, eating a plant-slant diet, knowing your purpose in life, taking time to relax, having a healthy social network and putting loved ones first. A popular activity is to form walking groups, or walking moais, to use Blue Zones terminology

The philosophy is that over time, healthier choices will become the easier choice, and each incremental step can improve health and well-being. Offering fresh fruit and bottled water instead of soft drinks and candy bars in employee break rooms is one example.

The Rotary Club of Immokalee is recognized by the Blue Zones Project for promoting better health. (Photo: Blue Zones Project)

To date, more than 117 companies have gained Blue Zones recognition in Southwest Florida. The NCH Healthcare System is underwriting the project expense.

BKS Yoga, at 2900 U.S. 41 N., hosted a “purpose” workshop for its instructors and students to help them zero in on their life’s purpose, installed bicycle racks to encourage students to bike to the studio and removed sugary beverages from its vending machines.

BKS yoga offers a variety of yoga classes as well as health and wellness services from its holistic health nutrition program. It also offers tarot card reading, along with massage and spa services.

For more information about the Blue Zones project, visit the website, www.southwestflorida.bluezonesproject.com.

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