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Durant makes bid to join Blue Zones Project

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Durant is bidding to join four other U.S. cities as part of the Blue Zones Project. (KTEN) Durant is bidding to join four other U.S. cities as part of the Blue Zones Project. (KTEN)

DURANT, Okla. -- The City of Durant is still campaigning to join an exclusive club of "blue zones" across the nation.

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

Workers with the Blue Zones Project have been making visits to evaluate the city and the people who call Durant home.

"What we are finding is that Durant is beautifully laid-out with it's original bone structure; the way the streets are gridded, good block form, and good distribution... of a lot of services people really want," said Dan Burden, Blue Zones' director of innovation and inspiration. "We are at a good beginning place if Durant goes forward with Blue Zones."

Durant will know within the next 30 days if it is ready and accepted into the Blue Zones project, which currently counts Fort WorthSpencer, Iowa; Albert Lea, Minnesota; and Beach Cities, California, as participants.

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