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City of Roseburg celebrates Blue Zones Project approval

City staff say they are committed to making changes in the workplace to support their well-being.

Posted: Sep 19, 2019 1:15 PM
Updated: Sep 19, 2019 9:52 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The City of Roseburg held a ribbon cutting Thursday morning at City Hall to celebrate their Blue Zones Project worksite approval.

City staff say they are committed to making changes in the workplace to support their well-being.

Representatives for the Blue Zones Project - Umpqua say the city applied for the project two years ago. Since then, City Hall has made changes like supporting breaks for employees, creating a breastfeeding policy, creating a tobacco-free worksite and providing employees with the opportunity to wear casual wear to work.

“You always want a positive environment to work in," said Roseburg Mayor Larry Rich. "A healthy place, a place where people come to work and people feel really good about themselves and you want to always encourage that. Whether it’s your worksite or own personal life.”

There are 12 other worksites in Roseburg that are currently Blue Zones Project Approved, but representatives say they wanted to target city government because they are one of the most influential employers in the area.

The Blue Zones Project is a community-led organization that partners with employers, schools and other organizations to help them make healthier choices.

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