Blue Zones Project™ officially announced Tuesday that the Algona campus of Iowa Lakes Community College is a designated Blue Zones Project Worksite™.
The campus achieved designation status on June 23, 2014, after completing the necessary items in the Blue Zones Project™ worksite pledge, including enforcing a tobacco free campus, offering wellness activities for staff and students, and successfully registering their employees to pledge and take action on www.bluezonesproject.com.
Wellness activities included a Healthy Living Challenge beginning in January of this year. Participants lost over 108 pounds while compiling over 19,000 minutes of exercise. Overall, the Algona Campus completed designation criteria in the areas of leadership, purpose, habitat and physical environment, engagement and creation of social networks, policies and benefits, and well-being solutions.
“Iowa Lakes is conscious of the need for both employee and student well-being,” said Theresa Waechter, Algona Campus Supervisor. “Becoming a designated Blue Zones Worksite™ is not only a reward for the hard work and dedication of our employees, but represents their commitment to powering the future through education and the development of healthy lifestyles.”
This complements last week’s announcement that the community of Algona has been designated as the first small town Certified Blue Zones™ Community in the nation.
Iowa Lakes Community College strives to provide opportunities for quality lifelong learning and promote economic development for its communities by offering college transfer, career option, technical or vocational courses, one class at a time, or continuing education classes at several locations throughout a five-county service area: Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer and Spirit Lake.
Students can take classes either full time or part time; days, evenings or weekends; via television, fiber optics or with a professor in the classroom; and via the Internet with online courses. The campuses also serve as test centers for the National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC) tests, as well as providing Adult Education and Literacy services through the High School Equivalency and ELL (English Language Learner) programs.
In addition, customized training is specifically designed for area businesses and industry. Training can be provided at the business or at Iowa Lakes – all on a schedule convenient to the business and employees. The college has also developed numerous partnerships with area economic development groups. For more information, visit www.iowalakes.edu.