With recent certification as a Blue Zones Project workplace, Wayland Academy is believed to be the first institution in the world to attain three Blue Zones Project certifications. The Blue Zones Project is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthier choices easier by encouraging simple changes to environment, policy, and social networks.
Wayland Academy, an independent, college preparatory boarding and day school became a Blue Zones certified school last autumn. The cafeteria, which also caters a variety of events on campus, is certified as a Blue Zone restaurant.
To become a Blue Zones Project Approved workplace, Wayland verified participation in or implementation of actions from each of the six Blue Zones foundational pillars of worksite well-being – Leadership, Purpose, Habitat/Physical Environment, Engagement/Creation of Social Networks, Policies & Benefits, and Well-Being Solutions.
“It was natural to pursue the Blue Zones Workplace certification as Wayland had already adopted a number of the best practices to support healthy lifestyle choices for faculty and staff,” explained Head of School Joseph Lennertz H`86. “Some of the more visible changes on the campus include the establishment of Blue Zones parking spaces to encourage walking, increased awareness of ergonomics after an analysis of individual workstations, and an employee workshop about workplace communication styles and personality types.”
Blue Zones Project is brought to Dodge County through sponsorship by Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, in collaboration with Sharecare®, Inc. and Blue Zones, LLC. Dodge County is the first Blue Zones Project demonstration site in Wisconsin.