November 30, 2018 6:45 a.m.
One of the Umpqua Valley’s largest employers is now Blue Zones Project approved.
First Call Resolution, or FCR, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday to recognize the designation with their team of “colleagues.”
FCR Center Director, Kevin Hansen, says the company was well on the path to Blue Zones approval when they began the process.
According to Hansen FCR has always striven to lead the way in giving the people who work there options like standing desks, yoga balls to sit on, a dedicated bike rack, and healthy food options in their break room.
When reviewing the requirements for approval, Hansen says he and his team were already implementing over half of the healthy practices laid out by Blue Zones Project Umpqua to become an approved worksite.
In order to achieve approval, FCR worked on integrating even more well being practices and healthy choice options including a dedicated walking path around the FCR building on Harvard Av, creating a walking group called a Moai, integrating more physical movement in team building exercises throughout the day, and including more healthy food options at company celebrations and gatherings.
John Dimof, the Blue Zones Project Organization Lead, and Juliete Palenshus, the Blue Zones Engagement Lead, were at FCR to celebrate the company’s achievement as well.
Dimof congratulated Hansen and his team for the work they put in and noted that they are among the first wave of Blue Zones Approved Worksites in the Umpqua Valley.
According to Dimof there are a number of other local workplaces currently working on implementing changes to line up with approval qualifications.
To learn more about Blue Zones Project Umpqua, visit their Facebook page.