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Blue Zones Project Could Be Coming to Salisbury

Posted: 08/11/2017 10:33:00 -04:00 Updated:

SALISBURY, Md.- The city of Salisbury is exploring the option of adopting a program called the Blue Zones Project. Community leaders got together on Thursday afternoon to discuss how the project would make it easier for residents to chose healthier lifestyle options.

If the city did decide to go through with the program, Blue Zones officials would assess the town over the period of several days. They would then suggest policy changes or environmental switches that would be at the locations people frequent most.

Blue Zones said that it may be something as simple as a no candy aisle in the grocery store or even a local school's cafeteria changing.

Blue Zones Project General Manager Michael Acker said that the project wouldn't take away from any business that already exists.

"We don't set out to destroy any kind of business or make anyone change their business model. The idea is that every kind of institution, every organization in the community can make small, incremental changes to their environment to create a healthier experience for the people they serve," Acker said.

President of the Greater Salisbury Committee, Mike Dunn, said the project would cost anywhere from $25,000 to $40,000. Local philanthropic groups would be the ones to cover the cost, no taxpayer money would be used.

The project could take anywhere from three to five years to complete.

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