First National Bank & Trust Co. is the first Blue Zones approved bank in Pottawatomie County.

Submitted by First National Bank

First National Bank & Trust Co. and Blue Zones Project Pottawatomie County recently announced that FNB is the first and only Blue Zone Project Approved bank in the state of Oklahoma. This achievement was recognized at a Nov. 15 ribbon-cutting ceremony in the FNB Lobby and Community Room at the MacArthur branch at 130 E. MacArthur St. in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

It was a time of celebration for the bank, its employees, customers, neighbors and friends as they start the Blue Zone communitywide well-being improvement journey to longer, healthier lives. The Healthy Hippo food truck was on-site as was live entertainment.

First National Bank & Trust Co has integrated activities focused on purpose, physical environment and exercise, social network engagement, well-being solutions and leadership into the everyday activities of the bank. FNB has been hard at work implementing such options for its employees.

“Although this is originating in Shawnee, we are including our employees across all four counties in many of our efforts,” said First National Bank & Trust Co. President Larry Briggs. “This is an exciting time for the bank as we lead the way in health and wellness in the communities we serve. While we always seek to be community-minded, Blue Zones Project Pottawatomie County provides a fun and stimulating environment to continue those practices.”

At the bank, new signage in the stairwells and parking lots help employees track the number of steps they take. Yoga classes are offered weekly, as well as opportunities to meet and exercise with co-workers. Personality tests are made available to improve communication and efficiency, and workshops can help employees define their goals and purpose.

“Partnering with Blue Zones Project Pottawatomie County means much more than just choosing a salad for lunch, or walking a few extra steps a day,” Briggs said. “It’s about making lifestyle changes that will have ripple effects for years to come and set a new example for the upcoming generation. We are grateful to be a part of that change.”

First National Bank & Trust Co. has locations in Shawnee, Holdenville, Lawton, Mangum and Granite, Oklahoma. To learn more about FNB accounts, products and services, visit one of its seven branches or visit

Learn more about community Blue Zone Projects Pottawatomie County at