Just a week remains for the Iowa communities hoping to be considered as one of the initial demonstration sites for the governor's healthiest state initiative to submit completed applications for consideration.
Late last month, 58 Iowa communities, including Newton, were selected to move forward through the full application process for the initial round to select Blue Zone demonstration communities. Demonstration sites are communities in Iowa where Blue Zone healthy living principles will be applied with the assistance of national experts and serve as models for other communities.
The 58 communities moving forward are required to submit their full applications by Jan. 4, 2012. Upon assessment of the applications, eight to 10 finalist communities will be selected to host site visits from Feb. 27 to March 16. The first round of demonstration sites will be announced in May.
In addition to the written application, citizen support is part of the selection process. That support is being measured by the percentage of residents that pledge to participate in the healthy living initiative if their town is chosen.
The current Blue Zone Community Scoreboard shows Oelwein with the largest percentage of resident participation pledges at 37.13 percent. Woodbine, Fairfield, Grundy Center and St. Ansgar round out the top five with participation percentage rates ranging from 35.1 to 28.5. Newton's current resident participation pledge level stands at 1.69 percent. The scoreboard is updated daily.
You can pledge your support by following this link.