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Sarah Hankey Joins Blue Zones Team


Last updated 11/2/2020 at 3:56pm

Sharecare, Inc., announced the addition of Sarah Hankey to the Blue Zones Project Brevard team.

Hankey will serve as organization lead, focused on introducing Blue Zones Project concepts and best practices to worksites, restaurants and grocery stores, according to a press release.

Some of her goals include adding Blue Zones Project-inspired recipes to local menus, adding healthy checkout lanes at grocery stores and supporting worksites in their efforts to become “Blue Zones Project Approved.”

The entire Blue Zones Project local team is actively implementing programs and principles as Brevard works toward Blue Zones Community certification, according to the release.

After an impactful 13 years as an educator and mentor, Hankey found herself drawn to a new kind of need.

During her first pregnancy, she took a special interest in health, specifically the lack of nutrition and self-care awareness in standard health care systems.

Since then, she has dedicated herself to educating others about the importance of advocating for their own health.

Hankey created two wellness businesses and discovered that the inequality in access to this type of personalized support for individuals is something that she can no longer overlook.

After experiencing the extreme economic gap while serving in the for-profit health coaching world in Hilton Head, S.C., she decided to make a change. Since moving to Brevard, she is proud to have started Transylvania County’s first and only nonprofit health coaching organization – Sustainable Health for All.

Hankey values making connections and building trust with members of the community and inspiring them to make healthier choices.

“It’s an exciting time in Brevard. Many community leaders and engaged citizens are working on multiple projects and initiatives to bring positive change and improved well-being to our community,” said Hankey. “I believe that health is a birthright and should be available to everyone, and am honored to be joining the local Blue Zones Project team as organization lead.”

When not devoting her time to her professional calling, Hankey enjoys Hiking and mountain Biking with her husband and two children.

Brevard is receiving support from national experts to implement a comprehensive, evidence-based plan for improving community well-being.

Based on principles developed by Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author of “The Blue Zones” and “The Blue Zones Solution,” Blue Zones Project is designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to the built environment, policy and social networks.

Brought to Brevard through an innovative sponsorship by Pisgah Health Foundation in collaboration with Sharecare and Blue Zones, LLC, Blue Zones Project is a community-by-community initiative designed to enable community members to live longer, happier lives with lower rates of chronic diseases and a higher quality of life. If your organization wants to learn more about working with the Blue Zones Project in Brevard, contact Hankey at [email protected]

com or call (843)368-5944. To learn more about Blue Zones Project Brevard, visit or follow on Facebook at /bzpbrevard.

About Blue Zones Project

Blue Zones Project® is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to a city's environment, policy, and social networks. Established in 2010, Blue Zones Project is based on research by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author who identified five cultures of the world—or blue zones —with the highest concentration of people living to 100 years or older. Blue Zones Project incorporates Buettner's findings and works with cities to implement policies and programs that will move a community toward optimal health and well-being. Currently, 51 communities across North America have joined Blue Zones Project, impacting more than 3.4 million citizens. The population health solution includes two Health Districts in California; 15 cities in Iowa; Albert Lea, Minnesota; the city of Fort Worth, Texas; Corry, Pennsylvania; Airdrie, Alberta; Brevard, North Carolina; and communities in Southwest Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Blue Zones Project is a partnership between Blue Zones, LLC, and Sharecare, Inc. For more information, visit


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