Fort Worth’s Blue Zones receives award from HLC

The Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition of chief executives from the nation’s leading health care companies and organizations, last night named Blue Zones Project Fort Worth as the recipient of the organization’s Wellness Frontiers Award. The award recognizes innovative entities that are contributing to the transformation and improvement of American health care. The Council selected Blue Zones Project because of its successful implementation of an evidence-based wellness program that prevents disease and improves population well-being, according to the organization’s news release.

HLC President Mary Grealy presented the award at a Blue Zones Project reception on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Marquis on Magnolia, 1227 W. Magnolia Ave. On hand for the award presentation were Barclay Berdan, chief executive officer of Texas Health Resources and a member of the Healthcare Leadership Council, and Paul Pearson, Regional Director for HLC.

“Blue Zones Project – Fort Worth is demonstrating that a successful wellness initiative can change an entire city,” said Grealy. “Fort Worth has set an important example, demonstrating what the collective efforts of healthcare providers, businesses, philanthropic foundations, and other non-profits can do for the well-being of their community. It is an honor to award Blue Zones Project – Fort Worth with the 2016 Wellness Frontiers Award.”

Accepting the award on behalf of Blue Zones Project Fort Worth was Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

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“Blue Zone Project is important to Fort Worth because healthy communities make for engaged, vibrant cities that attract businesses and families and support economic development,” Price said. ”We are thrilled that Healthcare Leadership Council honored this community-led well-being initiative that is making the healthy choice the easy choice in Fort Worth.”

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