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Blue Ridge Bakery Acquired Approval As Blue Zones Project


Last updated 3/10/2021 at 3:59pm

The Blue Ridge Bakery team is now Blue Zones Project Approved. (Times photo by Park Baker)

Blue Zones Project-Brevard announced that Blue Ridge Bakery has achieved designation as Blue Zones Project Approved.

Blue Ridge Bakery earned the designation, which includes adding healthier menu options, optimizing menus to highlight healthy choices and making changes to the dining environment.

"We know that many of our customers are looking for healthier options," said Katina Hansen, owner of Blue Ridge Bakery. "We had been trying to create new and fresh alternatives and want our community to know we would like to support them in their health."

Blue Ridge Bakery now offers new menu items, such as lemony lentil and chickpea salad, hearty barley and kale salad and daily plant-based soups. In addition to several new menu options the restaurant is a leader in wellness advocacy. Blue Ridge Bakery has been a strong supporter of the Blue Zones Project-Brevard and has held several virtual cooking classes available to the public at no cost. On Friday, March 12, community members are invited to celebrate with a drive-by honk or with an order of a lemony lentil salad receive a free plant-slant cookie. Lunch can be pre-ordered and ready for pickup in 15 minutes at http://www.blueridge

"Restaurants are excellent partners in promoting well-being," said Blue Zones Project-Brevard Organization Lead Sarah Hankey. "We applaud Katina and Blue Ridge Bakery for making healthy choices easier for their customers. The leadership of Blue Ridge Bakery is a milestone in Brevard's Blue Zones Project experience."

Brought to Brevard, through a sponsorship by Pisgah Health Foundation in collaboration with Sharecare, Inc., and Blue Zones, LLC, Blue Zones Project is a community-by-community well-being improvement initiative designed to enable community members to live longer, happier lives with lower rates of chronic diseases and a higher quality of life.

To learn more about Blue Zones Project, contact the Blue Zones Project team in Brevard at [email protected] or visit


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