Fairfield hosting Blue Zones kick-off day on Saturday

Members of Fairfield's Blue Zones have worked all winter to put together a Blue Print, or community wellness plan, for the town, and now, Fairfield is ready to officially kick off their Blue Zones initiative.

On Saturday, July 20, local businesses, grocery stores and more will host a variety of health-related panels and activities.

The support from the community on the project so far has been overwhelming, so now is the time to start the process of official Blue Zones designation.

"We have seven restaurants that will be working towards certification as a Blue Zones restaurant, we have two grocery stores, one of them has already completed, Hy-Vee, that will be working towards certification," said Mayor Ed Malloy. "We have 20 work/business locations, work forces that will be involved in that process as well, so getting all that underway on Saturday."

After Saturday, the coordination between businesses, work places, schools and the community will begin.

The complete list of events is as follows:

9:00 am

Bird Watching with Diane Porter of the Southeast Iowa Audubon Society in Chautauqua Park

9:45 am - 10:00 am

Start Somewhere Walk - Meet at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center and grab water donated by Hy-Vee

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Kick-off Event at the Sondheim Center featuring a video introduction to the Blue Zones Project â?¢ from founder Dan Buettner, an introduction to Fairfieldâ??s Blue Zones Project Blueprint, an overview of Iowaâ??s Healthiest State Initiative from Dr. Miller-Meeks, and Fairfieldâ??s call to action from Mayor Ed Malloy.

11:00 am â?? 11:30 am

Opportunity to pledge and sign up for other on-going community activities

11:30 am â?? 12:30 pm

Healthy Cooking Demonstration - Toni Dâ??Orr â?? The At Home Store, 55 N. Main Street

Workouts for the Work day â?? with Ti Liptak â?? Fairfield Arts and Convention Center

A Summers Walk - meet at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center - with Joe Hird

12:30 pm

LUNCH provided by The Gardens Seasonal Kitchen â?? Fairfieldâ??s first designated Blue Zones Restaurantâ?¢! Quinoa Burgers and Gazpacho will be served at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, supplies are limited.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Restorative Yoga in Howard Park with Andrew Michalko

1:00 pm AND 2:00 pm Healthy Grocery Store Tour at Fairfield Hy-Vee, Fairfieldâ??s first designated Blue Zones Grocery Storeâ?¢!

1:30 to 3:00 pm

Canoe Festival with Mark Stimpson at Bonnifield Lake in Water Works Park

1:30-3:00 pm

Fairfield Park and Rec Center Open House at 1000 West Burlington

1:30-5:00 Maharishi University of Management Rec Center Open House â?? MUM Campus, 1000 N 4th Street

2:30-3:30 pm

Joy of Gardening- Karin Hauring Garden Tour- 807 East Burlington

Bike Stroll â?? Meret Giocomini at Café Paradiso


Pool Party- MUM Pool, MUM Rec Center â?? MUM Campus, 1000 N. 4


4:00 pm

Volleyball Game - MUM Pool Sand Courts, MUM Rec Center â?? MUM Campus, 1000 N. 4



Wine at Five at the Chocolate Café - 55 S Court Street.
Wine and Chocolate tasting sponsored by Hy-Vee; Glazers of Iowa; and the Chocolate Café.