On June 2, 2021, The City of Marco Island was officially recognized as a Blue Zones Worksite. A short ribbon cutting ceremony was held in front of the town hall entrance. Chef Laura Owen of CJ’s on the Bay and District 1 Collier County Commissioner Rick LoCastro held the banner while City Council Chairman Jared Grifoni cut the ribbon.
Casey Lucius, Assistant City Manager, Marco Island, says, “At our city facilities, we offer healthy choices in the workplace because we know that healthier and happier employees are more productive and lower healthcare costs. We are excited to be the first Blue Zones Approved Workplace on Marco Island and look forward to increasing awareness and overall wellbeing among our employees. ”
Lucius added, “When we were approached with this opportunity to become a Blue Zone Approved Workplace, we also looked at our insurance options, our benefits package and our wellness programs and to partner with Blue Zone. Some of our employees have participated in the Real Age Challenge and are talking about their real age, which is exciting. We had employees who started a softball team; We now do our security meetings in person and last week we had lunch together and offered healthy options for our lunch. We have also created a small herb garden at the entrance to the town hall. “
Megan Greer, of the Blue Zones Project Worksite Project, “was delighted to have the city of Marco Island join the Blue Zone as an approved construction site. Together we make healthy decisions easier for everyone and look forward to continuing this collaboration to optimize wellbeing in the Marco Island community. “
Blue Zones Award – please insert in the photo above.
The Blue Zones T-Shirt proudly presents (lr) Dianna Dohm, Chamber of Commerce; Police Chief Tracy Frazzano and Chante Pemberton from the Blue Zones Project.
CJ’s on the Bay is the only restaurant recognized as Blue Zones Project Approved, and according to Chef Laura Owen, the menu offers a variety of plant-based options. When visiting CJ’s on the Bay suggest that you search for the menu items with the blue tick.
In early March, the Calusa Garden Club was officially recognized as the Blue Zones Project Organization. According to Chante Pemberton of Blue Zones, this organization was a perfect fit for members who are already socially connected and have common goals and who come together as gardeners for a common purpose.
It looks like Marco Island is fast becoming a Blue Zones City, and congratulations to the following Blue Zones recognized organizations:
Calusa Garden Club
City of Marco Island
CJ’s on the Bay
Denise A Pancyrz, LLC
EXP Realty – The Sprigg Group
Marco Island Rotary Sunrise
Marco Island Lunchtime Rotary
Paradise bike tours by boat
SYC yacht brokerage
Tommie Barfield Elementary School
YMCA from South Collier
To learn more about the Blue Zones project, visit: www.bluezonesproject.com