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Durant bids for Blue Zone status

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DURANT, Okla. -- The City of Durant wants to turn over a healthy new leaf.

Blue Zones are said to be places around the world where people live longer due to healthier lifestyles.

"The phrase i always heard growing up is: 'if you don't have your health, you don't have everything; If you have your health, you have everything,'" said Seth Fairchild, who's a strong believer in living a healthy lifestyle

That's why he's partnering with the non-profit Imagine Durant to turn the city into a Blue Zone.

Kara Byrd of Imagine Durant is hopeful that adopting Blue Zone ideas will serve as a blueprint to lift Oklahoma and Bryan County from the bottom of the list when it comes to health.

"Everyone can benefit from being healthier," Byrd said. "It ties into so many aspects of our lives, and so it makes sense for us to bring in the blue zones where they actually truly help make the healthy choice the easy choice."

The Blue Zones Project counsel will be visiting Durant the last weekend of this month to analyze the city and see if it qualifies to participate.

Fort Worth joined the program in 2014, and statistics show an improvement in a recognized Well-Being Index.

The original Blue Zones Project identified a number of places around the world where a healthy lifestyle contributed to good health and long life, including Loma Linda, California; Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; and Nicoya, Costa Rica.

"We have a lot of momentum in Texoma right now -- around health, around community -- and this just seemed a natural progression that just made a lot of sense to our town," Fairchild said.

Area residents are invited to attend a keynote address and community presentation about the Blue Zone Project on August 27 and 28.

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