Become a change maker for well-being in Morgantown


Community, university, and thought leaders across Morgantown have a vision for a better future for West Virginia.

West Virginia University and the City of Morgantown invite you to learn how Blue Zones Project can help improve well-being for all individuals and organizations across Morgantown. Please join us for special presentations and expert sessions on Blue Zones Project's approach to improving well-being. You're also invited to participate in small group discussions to give us your strategic counsel on the current state of well-being in our community and how we can work together to improve environments and make healthy choices easier where we live, work, and play. 

Blue Zones Project Site Visit Events:

Blue Zones Project Community Transformation Presentation 

Learn more about how Blue Zones Project transforms communities and measures results.


DATE: Tues. October 2, 2018

TIME: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Erickson Alumni Center
1 Alumni Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505

*** Please join us for a 5:00 pm wine reception before the presentation. ***

Photo: Naples Daily News 

Focus Groups

  • Worksites:  Focus of discussion will be on employee wellness, programs, and opportunities for improved health within local worksites.
    • Location: Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau, 341 Chaplin Road, Morgantown
  • Built Environment Policy:  Purpose is to understand how community design impacts physical activity, safety and more.
    • Location: Public Safety Training Room, 300 Spruce Street, Morgantown
  • Food Policy: Purpose is to understand how food, especially healthy food, is accessed in the community.
    • Location: Public Safety Training Room, 300 Spruce Street, Morgantown
  • Tobacco Policy: Focus of discussion will be on strengths, challenges and opportunities as it relates to tobacco and smoking throughout the community.
    • Location: Public Safety Training Room, 300 Spruce Street, Morgantown
  • Individual Engagement: Purpose is to understand how non-profits, faith-based organizations, volunteer organizations and media are engaged in community health and well-being.
    • Location: Public Safety Training Room, 300 Spruce Street, Morgantown
  • Schools: Focus of discussion will be on wellness, programs, and opportunities for improved health for local schools. 
    • Location: Wed. Oct 3., University High School 131 Bakers Ridge Rd., Morganatown
    • Location: Thurs. Oct.4, Westwood Middle School 670 River Rd., Westover 
  • Health Equity: Purpose is to understand how disparities in income, access to support services, housing, and recreation etc. impact health and wellness of Morgantown residents.
    • Location: Marilla Center, 1046 White Ave, Morgantown


Thank you to our Blue Zones Project site visit partners: 

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The secrets to living longer, better are all around us

Blue Zones Project uses a unique, systemic approach to improve well-being by focusing on our "life radius." By optimizing the settings where we routinely spend our time - such as worksites, schools, restaurants, grocery stores, faith-based communities and neighborhoods - we make healthy choices easier and naturally adopt healthier behaviors together as a community. Blue Zones Project is based on principles identified during a ten-year worldwide longevity study commissioned by National Geographic and detailed in Dan Buettner's New York Times best-seller, The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. 




Where it all began

From Sardinia, Italy to Okinawa, Japan to Loma Linda, California, people are living vibrant, active lives well into their hundreds. Dan Buettner calls these areas Blue Zones, and they're the inspiration behind his book, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest. 

Check out Dan's TED Talk, where he shares the longevity secrets that spurred the creation of Blue Zones Project.




The proof is in the zones

Blue Zones Project communities have seen tremendous well-being improvements, from $40 million+ in medical and productivity savings to personal stories of better health and outlook on life. With the help of our sponsors, Blue Zones Project has impacted more than three million lives in 45 communities in 10 states to date. 

Personal Stories

From discovering the power of purpose to reaping the benefits of moving naturally and eating wisely, Blue Zones Project community residents are experiencing the initiative's value every day.

Organization Transformations

Blue Zones Project works with schools, worksites, grocery stores, restaurants, and other community organizations to create sustainable change that positively impacts culture, performance, and financial savings.


For more information about Blue Zones Project, please review our national fact sheet and Albert Lea case study.

Visit our blog to stay up-to-date on the latest Blue Zones Project news.