The employment market has experienced major shifts throughout the past five years. As the economy continues to rebound, top candidates in today’s market have choices and are now selecting positions based on advancement potential and overall fulfillment, a trend resulting in part from a post-recession shift. This change has employers attempting to catch up with the new, candidate-centric climate.


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So far my Blue Zones journey has resulted in no life-altering revelations or “A-ha!” moments. I guess that means I’m doing it right. Nevertheless I can’t help feeling a little unaccomplished. How am I to discipline myself to focus on a goal that I will never know was achieved? As a goal-driven person, I’m realizing the need to redefine success in the Blue Zones program.


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Since we’ve embarked on the Blue Zones initiative at Salo, my attitude and habits toward healthy eating have changed a bit. As my wife, daughter and co-workers are all consciously making healthy choices, I am more likely to do the same.


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My wife and I are huge fans of the Blue Zone initiative! We both feel our lifestyles have improved a lot in the short amount of time we’ve been working our Blue Zone pledges.


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The one area I am working toward with the Blue Zones experience is sleep. I have been able to get more sleep each night, although not quite yet at the seven to nine hours per night. Through this process I realized that my quality of sleep isn’t as good as it could be.


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The area of the Blue Zones Initiative that I’m most passionate about is living with purpose. The research shows that having a sense of purpose adds seven years to your life. I can stand behind that!


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My experience with Blue Zones has solidified my desire to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I look forward to continuing to reap the benefits of being part of such a progressive employee wellness initiative.


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While reflecting on my experience with the Blue Zones, one thing came to my mind immediately…we are all surrounding ourselves with the opportunity to live healthier and longer lives. Every day is a series of choices. Not just about food but choosing how you are going to go about your day.


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Eating a plant based diet is one of the common threads of the Blue Zones cultures and one of the Power Nine principles in Dan Buettner’s Blue Zones book. When people get to know me and find out I’m a vegetarian they usually ask why I am and how long I’ve eaten a plant based diet.


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