Faith Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Roseburg has been selected as the first Blue Zones Project Approved faith-based organization in the Umpqua Valley, an honor that recognizes Faith Lutheran’s commitment to the well-being of its members and the community as a whole.

Over the past few months, Faith Lutheran’s Wellness Committee worked with Blue Zones Project and church leadership on the journey toward becoming a Blue Zones Approved faith-based organization. They selected and implemented best-practices from the Worksite Pledge, which promotes evidence-based actions and lifestyle principles to create a healthier work environment for employees, with the goal of increasing the health and well-being of their members.

Through the process, they identified existing activities surrounding the principles of longevity that are already occurring at Faith Lutheran, like offering activities designed to grow relationships, hosting “family fun” activities, incorporating plant-based food options at church gatherings, and creating volunteer opportunities for their members to be able to give back to the greater community.

The Wellness Committee implemented additional practices from the Blue Zones Project, focusing on moving more, eating better, connecting socially and finding purpose. The youth group hosted an entirely plant-based lunch for the entire church, the church held a Blue Zones Project Purpose Workshop, a new bike rack to encourage biking to church was installed and. as of Sept. 1, Faith Lutheran is a tobacco-free campus. Faith Lutheran presented evidence of incorporating 15 Blue Zones Project Approved activities to receive the official designation.

“It makes perfect sense for Faith Lutheran Church to become a Blue Zones Project Approved church, since we already have a good number of people working on becoming physically healthier,” said Jane Baker, Pastor of Faith Lutheran ELCA in Roseburg.

The Faith Lutheran Church is located at 820 W. Kenwood St. in west Roseburg.

For details on becoming a Blue Zones Project Approved organization call John Dimof, Blue Zones Organization Lead, at 541-802-9110.

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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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