Blue Zones Project in Pottawatomie County celebrated Citizen Potawatomi Nation FireLake Discount Foods’ recent designation as a Blue Zones Project Approved worksite with a ribbon cutting celebration on Nov. 7, 2019. This was FireLake Discount Foods’ second Blue Zones Project designation after their grocery store approval in early 2018.

FireLake Discount Foods staff, CPN Vice-Chairman Linda Capps and members of the community celebrate FDF’s recent Blue Zones recognition.

Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s designation is due largely to its decisions to make sustainable changes that help to make the healthy choice the easy choice for their employees. Citizen Potawatomi Nation Vice-Chairman Linda Capps serves as a Blue Zones Project steering and leadership committee member. She designated a committee of leaders to oversee the Blue Zones Project approval process throughout the Nation’s departments.

The Blue Zones Project worksite approval process was completed by the wellness committee, which includes Nicole Sanchez, Megan Phillips, Karla Sample and Molly Chaney along with the FireLake Discount Foods leadership support from Mike Lester and Richard Driskell.

One key point in this approval includes a sustainability plan, a road map that ensures that a strong development strategy is in place in order to continue improving employee health in the coming years. Additionally, a downshifting space was added to ensure employees could focus on personal well-being through intentional stress relief in the workplace.

“The well-being opportunities employers offer is key in making the healthy choice, not only a possibility, but also the easy choice,” said Blue Zones Project, Pottawatomie County Organization Lead, Miriam Bell.
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