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CCA, F.I.S.H. to host presentation on Blue Zones

By Staff | Nov 13, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Tracey Villalba

An upcoming program on the island will focus on the Blue Zones Project and community.

The Captiva Civic Association and F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva will host the “Blue Zones Project Presentation” on Nov. 18 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Captiva Civic Association. Tracey Villalba, a board certified holistic health coach and former senior consultant for Blue Zones Project Southwest Florida, will provide educational information on the initiative.

“There’s a lot of interest in Blue Zones communities, especially in Southwest Florida,” CCA Board of Governors President Lisa Riordan said. “We thought this would be one of interest for Captiva folks.”

The Blue Zones Project centers around citizens, schools, employers, restaurants, grocery stores and community leaders coming together to optimize residents’ longevity and well-being. By impacting environment, policy and social networks, it makes healthy choices easier. Demographic regions of the world where people commonly live active lives beyond the age of 100 are Blue Zone communities.

“The Blue Zone communities focus on healthy lifestyles and individuals improving their own well-being,” she said. “We were told Tracey would be focusing on diet and nutrition. That is something that other communities, especially Naples, are focusing on.”

Riordan noted that islanders have expressed interest in those areas.

“And restaurants offering Blue Zones meals,” she said. “Apparently, the Blue Zones diet is a little different than a Mediterranean diet, but it’s focused on olive oil, certain vegetables and certain fruits.”

F.I.S.H. Program Director Kathy Y. Monroe reported that the workshop will outline the framework for a holistic approach to eating.

“(It) will teach participants to be responsible for their own measurable outcomes,” she said.

There may be take-home literature for attendees.

Free and open to the public, no registration is required to take part.

“There’s plenty of space,” Riordan said.

The community is encouraged to come out and learn about the initiative.

“Folks can join us and find out for themselves what this is all about,” she said. “I think it’s something that people want – to create a healthier place to live and to work.”

For more information, contact CCA Executive Director Roxanne Dyer at 239-472-2111 or Kathy Y. Monroe or Anthony Morales at the F.I.S.H. Walk-In-Center on Sanibel at 239-472-4775.

For more information on Blue Zones, visit southwestflorida.bluezonesproject.com.

The Captiva Civic Association is at 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva.