Customers enjoy food at Shanti's Indian Cuisine in the Garden Valley Center

Customers celebrate approval of Shanti’s Indian Cuisine in the Garden Valley Center as a Blue Zones Project approved restaurant.

Shanti’s Indian Cuisine in the Garden Valley Center, was a buzz of blue earlier this month. The restaurant was mobbed with supporters in blue t-shirts, excited to see the fruits of the efforts made by the owners to become the second Blue Zones Project Approved Restaurant in the Umpqua Valley. The first was Bluebird Pizza on Calkins and Keasey Streets in Roseburg.

The Ramdev family (Ambika, Tajinder and Shobana) were generous hosts offering free hot and iced chai, along with a complimentary buffet of appetizers.

Blue Zones Project team members and volunteers greeted over 60 attendees and offered them an opportunity to consider their own well-being, by taking a personal pledge to nudge themselves toward healthier behaviors through simple changes, like keeping walking shoes near the door or in the car, starting a garden plot at home or adopting a plot at a community garden, or by taking a purpose workshop.

The event culminated in a ribbon cutting with inspiring words shared from the Ramdev family, as well as Blue Zones Project’s Organization Lead, John Dimof, who worked with Shanti’s through the approval process.

“This family is so genuine in their desire to serve the community. They’ve added to existing practices, like purchasing produce at the local farmers market, to provide high-quality food. It’s been a pleasure working with them and I look forward to seeing their business thrive due to their efforts and leadership in making the Umpqua Valley a place where healthy choices are easy to make,” said Dimof.

Dimof highlighted a few items from the approval process, saying Shanti’s offers whole-grain and alternative milk options as well as half-order meals. He said they’ve made some improvements to their menu and now highlight their healthier items with a Blue Zones approved checkmark.

Dimof also mentioned that there are eight other restaurants around the community that are actively engaged in the process of becoming approved, with several getting close to completion.

To learn more about the work of Blue Zones Project to make the Umpqua Valley an even better place to live, work, learn and play, find us on social media or email us at

Juliete Palenshus is the Engagement Lead for the Blue Zones Project — Umpqua. Contact her at

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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Unless they have changed drastically in the last few months this is not the best place to eat around town. All we were offered to drink was room temperature water and the buffet consisted of very few items and they weren't very good. We have eaten at several places featuring this type of food before and usually love it.

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