DFW Airport becomes a Blue Zones Project

• Leaders of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Blue Zones Project, Fort Worth celebrate the airport's achievement of Blue Zones Project Approved status.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is No. 1, at least for health, becoming the first airport in the country to become Blue Zones Project Approved.

Blue Zones Project is a nationwide, community-by-community well-being improvement initiative that works to transform environments and daily routines in ways that make healthy choices easier.

With 1,900 employees, DFW Airport becomes one of the largest employers in Fort Worth to join the Blue Zones Project movement.

To become a Blue Zones Project Approved worksite, the airport implemented or continued a variety of best practices for well-being. Actions include encouraging walking or standing meetings, designating spaces where employees can downshift during the workday, creating a healthy “lunch with a coworker” program, and publishing walking routes through the airport. In addition, 26 percent of employees have signed the Blue Zones Personal Pledge to make healthy choices in their own lives.

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“The Blue Zones Project movement complements the airport’s LiveWell health and wellness program, which strives to enrich the lives of our employees,” said Linda Valdez Thompson, executive vice president of administration and diversity for DFW Airport. “By creating a healthier, more energetic workforce, we can deliver even better customer service and provide a more holistic experience for our employees, at work, at home, and in the community.”

To date, over 80 worksites have earned approval in Fort Worth, including major employers like Texas Health Resources, Bank of America, and Lockheed Martin. The airport celebrated its approval with a special ceremony and employee health fair on April 20.

“As the fourth busiest airport in the world, DFW Airport is a leader in many ways, and its participation in Blue Zones Project really underscores the important role employers play in well-being,” said Matt Dufrene, vice president of Blue Zones Project, Fort Worth. “We spend so much of our time at work that small changes on the job can add up to a significant impact. The airport serves as an example for other organizations throughout our region and beyond.”