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Published on February 10, 2014

Mercy Medical Center designated a Blue Zones Worksite

BlueZones project logoMercy Medical Center is pleased to announce it has been named a Blue Zones Worksite®. Organizations achieving this designation have succeeded in creating a work atmosphere that inspires, encourages and promotes well-being in the workplace and the community through evidence-based practices.

The Blue Zones Project® in Iowa is a cornerstone of Governor Terry Branstad’s Healthiest State Initiative; it is a community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks.

The city of Cedar Rapids was named a Blue Zones Project demonstration site in February 2013. Since that time, Mercy has been encouraging and supporting employees to make healthier choices and create a healthier work environment - with a common goal of achieving recognition as a Blue Zones Worksite.

At a ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 2:45 p.m. in Mercy’s Hallagan Education Center, employees will be recognized for their efforts and hard work. 

“We are very proud of our employees for committing to make our organization a healthier place for themselves and for the patients we serve,” said Tim Charles, Mercy president and CEO. “Recognition as a Blue Zones Worksite complements a number of other wellness-focused initiatives we have in place at Mercy and fits well with the vision and mission of the organization. We are excited to move forward and take our commitment to better health to the next level.”

Mercy is one of 10 local companies to receive this honor. For more information on the Blue Zones Project, visit bluezonesproject.com.

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