FIRST TRIBE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST TO BE BLUE ZONE CERTIFIED!

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

Klamath Tribes – FIRST TRIBE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST TO BE BLUE ZONE CERTIFIED!

Key teachings from the world’s best practices in longevity and well-being.

NEWS RELEASE

MEDIA/EVERYONE INVITED TO ATTEND KLAMATH TRIBES BLUE ZONES PROJECT APPROVAL CELEBRATION

Chiloquin, Ore. – February 22, 2017

What:             Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services Approval Celebration

The event will celebrate and highlight the efforts of KTHFS in becoming the first tribal organization in the Pacific Northwest to become BZP Approved.

When:            Wednesday February 22

1:30 p.m. Ribbon cutting at 2 p.m.

Where:           Klamath Tribes Administration Building

501 Chiloquin Blvd, Chiloquin, OR 97624

Who:              Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services and Blue Zones Project

Why:              To recognize the efforts of KTHFS and allow BZP, KTHFS, and community representatives to speak to the value of the partnership.

Blue Zones Project is brought to Oregon through leadership funding by Cambia Health Foundation to support Oregon Healthiest State, in collaboration with Healthways, Inc. and Blue Zones, LLC.  Sky Lakes Medical Center, a community champion, answered Cambia’s funding match to support the Blue Zones Project initiative in Klamath Falls.

Klamath Falls is Oregon’s first Blue Zones Project Demonstration Community.

To learn more about becoming a Blue Zones Project Approved organization, contact the Blue Zones Project team in Klamath Falls at BlueZonesProjectKlamathFalls@healthways.com, or visit Oregon.bluezonesproject.com.

About Blues Zones Project by Healthways

Blue Zones Project® by Healthways® is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to a city’s environment, policy, and social networks. Established in 2010, Blue Zones Project is a partnership between Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY, healthways.com), the largest independent global provider of well-being improvement solutions, and Blue Zones®, LLC, a company that provides education on key learnings from the world’s best practices in longevity and well-being. Blue Zones Project is inspired by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author who identified five regions of the world—or Blue Zones—with the highest concentration of people living to 100 years or older. Blue Zones Project incorporates Buettner’s findings and works with cities to implement policies and programs that will move a community toward optimal health and well-being. Currently, 27 communities in seven states have joined Blue Zones Project, impacting more than 1.7 million Americans. The movement includes three beach cities in California, 15 cities in Iowa, the city of Fort Worth, and communities in Hawaii, Southwest Florida, and Oregon. For more information, visit www.bluezonesproject.com.

About Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services

Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services (KTHFS) is a primary care health center, proudly owned and operated by the Klamath Tribes of Oregon.  Their mission is to provide quality, comprehensive, patient-focused health care in a culturally sensitive manner while eliminating disparities and barriers to health.  With offices in Chiloquin and Klamath Falls, KTHFS offers a wide range of healthcare services to eligible Indian beneficiaries that include a medical, dental, and behavioral health clinic, in-house pharmacy, transportation, referrals to specialty care through its Purchased/Referred Care department, community health education, a family prevention program, outreach services, and more.

What is required to be Blue Zone Approved and what has the Klamath Tribal Health Team been up to?

Key Best Practices Implemented by Klamath Tribal Health’s Wellness Team:

  • Formed a diverse wellness committee to promote workplace well-being
  • Encouraged standing or walking meetings to encourage greater movement throughout the day
  • Hosted a Purpose Workshop for all-staff to assist employees in defining their purpose; in both work and community
  • Encouraged well-being equipment that offers greater health benefits while working such as; standing desks, wireless headsets, and balance balls
  • Encouraged well-being in the workplace with positive messaging throughout the offices

Who is currently on the Klamath Tribal Health Wellness Team?

Shawn Jackson, Erin Tecumseh, Shannon Jones, Nick Kimbol Jr., Martha Decker-Hall, Will Hess and Rebecca Jackson.

Key Upcoming Implementations the Health Team will be working on:

  • Well-being assessment of the organization overall
  • Working directly with IT to encourage pop-up movement cues
  • Provide a space for downshifting; which also offers space for breastfeeding or pumping
  • Create a well-being logo tied to employee well-being program initiatives
  • Review of the current Fitness Policy to be flexible to employee’s schedules

For more information contact:

Shawn Jackson- Director of Health Planning and Education

KlamathTribal Health Family Services

541-882-1487 ext. 220

Jessie Hecocta

Organization Lead

Blue Zones Project – Klamath Falls

130 S. 5th St

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

c: 541.539.8026

About Cambia Health Foundation

Based in Portland, Oregon, Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate foundation of Cambia Health Solutions, a total health solutions company dedicated to transforming the way people experience health care. Cambia Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) grant-making organization that  strategically invests and partners with organizations regionally and nationally to advance palliative care quality, access and understanding; improve the mental and behavioral health of underserved children; and transform health care to a more person-focused and economically sustainable system. Learn more at cambiahealthfoundation.org and follow us on Twitter.

About Sky Lakes Medical Center

Sky Lakes Medical Center is a community-owned, internationally accredited acute-care hospital located in Klamath Falls, Oregon. It is licensed for 176 beds and offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, a home health agency, and a variety of primary care and specialty physician clinics. The Sky Lakes family also includes the award-winning Sky Lakes Cancer Treatment Center and Cascades East Family Medicine Residency. Sky Lakes is proud to be part of the Blue Zones Project in Klamath Falls and honored to be a part of making our community a healthier place to live. Learn more at skylakes.org.