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Keystone Camp Receives Blue Zones Project Worksite Designation


Last updated 6/21/2021 at 2:06pm

Keystone Camp owner Page Lemel (middle) is clearly pleased to be part of the Blue Zones Project.

Blue Zones Project in Brevard recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony honoring Keystone Camp for achieving designation as a Blue Zones Project Approved worksite.

"From the moment I first met the staff at Keystone Camp I knew that this was going to be the start of a beautiful collaboration," said Sarah Hankey, the Blue Zones Project – Brevard organization lead. "The energy and vitality of the leadership demonstrated a strong commitment, and they immediately began implementing healthier actions. By adding move-ment stations, healthier menu options, opportunities to downshift and a variety of other measures, Keystone Camp colleagues are on their way to longer, healthier lives."

Brought to Brevard through sponsorship by the 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.

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.

"The summer camp industry easily aligns with the health and wellness goals of the Blue Zones Project," said Page Lemel, Keystone Camp owner and senior director. "As the oldest summer camp in the county, we are pleased to lead the industry in joining this community-led well-being initiative."

Anna McCall, the camp's administrative director stated, said she was initially hesitant to take on another commitment with the busy summer season approaching.

"However, when I started to look at the requirements for worksites, I realized we were already doing many of the action items," she said. "Those that we added or changed were easy to implement, and because they improved the working lives of our employees, we saw a lot of excitement and employee buy-in. Keystone Camp is focused on health and wellness as a core value for our organization, and we are all enjoying the physical and mental health benefits that being a Blue Zones worksite has offered."

To learn more about Blue Zones Project – Brevard visit or contact the local Blue Zones Project team by emailing Sarah. [email protected] Follow the local Blue Zones Project on Facebook bzpbrevard.

More than 50 commun-ities, including Brevard, across North America have joined Blue Zones Project, impacting more than 3.8 million citizens.


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