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THANK YOU

VOLUNTEERS

Southwest Florida "WE" PROJECT

Blue Zones Project Southwest Florida is a "WE" Project meaning that it takes all of us who are saying YES to well-being to work together and make a change. We COULD NOT accomplish all the meaningful work and impact without you! This is a team effort, and by  volunteering with us, you are on the team and we are grateful! 

Because of you:
  • We have impacted the well-being of over 225,ooo people in our community
  • We are working with more than 720 organizations to make the healthy choice the easy choice
  • We are building greater resilience for a healthier, happier Southwest Florida

We are proud to recognize each of you as our well-being champions.

CHRISTIE E. BETANCOURT

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH BLUE ZONES PROJECT?

Community policy has a big impact on healthy choices. Being a part of Built Environment has helped my organization better understand the communities needs for sidewalks, bike lanes, community gardens, mobile food markets, farmer’s markets, and other community infrastructures that affect our ability to move naturally, connect socially, and access healthy foods. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POWER 9:

Family First

ORGANIZATION:

Collier County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) – Immokalee Community Redevelopment Area (CRA).

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TRANG BURNEY

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH BLUE ZONES PROJECT?

Participating in Bonita/Estero Leadership Committee and being a resource for my community in SWFL. Through moais, I  have enjoyed building relationships with people who live in our local area which we wouldn’t have met otherwise. In addition, participating in monthly Bonita/ Estero Leadership Committee meetings are a wonderful way of getting together to share, brainstorm, provide and share best practices with each other and network.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POWER 9:

Purpose

ORGANIZATION:
Florida Southwestern State College

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CARISSA CARROLL

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH BLUE ZONES PROJECT?

Volunteering with Blue Zones Project allows for school-aged children to learn about healthy habits early on so they can flourish later and live longer, happier, healthier lives!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POWER 9:

Loved Ones First

ORGANIZATION:
Bonita Springs Charter School

Carissa Carroll Volunteer

JUNIACE ETIENNE

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH BLUE ZONES PROJECT?

Volunteering with Blue Zones Project represents everything that I aim for becoming. It aligns with my values, it confirms my belief, and the way I want to live my life and serve my community.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POWER 9:

Purpose

ORGANIZATION:

Collier County Public Schools

Juniace Etienne Volunteer
 

DR. CAROL GAFFNEY

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH BLUE ZONES PROJECT?

I like that I'm part of something bigger than myself, that my experience can continue to make a difference, that I only have to "show up" to facilitate (all the hard work of getting participants involved is done), the good feeling when I see those connecting with themselves during the Purpose Workshops, and of course the extraordinary SWFL team.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POWER 9:

Loved Ones First

ORGANIZATION:

Behavioral Intelligence at Work

Dr. Carol Gaffney

SUE HUFF

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH BLUE ZONES PROJECT?

I get to be part of something bigger than myself, I get to be part of a community wide project that changes lives. I also liked finding out my PURPOSE in the workshop, it was GET IT DONE and that has helped me understand why I like helping orgs do their checklist, I just want them to get it done to help them live healthier and happier.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POWER 9:

Purpose

ORGANIZATION:

E. Sue Huff & Associates, Inc

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HEATHER IMSDAHL

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH BLUE ZONES PROJECT?

My passion is wellness and I get to share NCH's journey of becoming a Certified Blue Zone Worksite.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POWER 9:

Right Tribe

ORGANIZATION:

NCH Healthcare System

Heather Imsdahl

KARA LAUFER

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH BLUE ZONES PROJECT?

When I reflect on time spent volunteering with the Blue Zones Project, it isn't a single story that stands out but the constant wave the group's helpful spirit. You can count on them to be there!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POWER 9:

Down Shift

ORGANIZATION:

Naples Botanical Garden

Kara Laufer Volunteer-1

NINO MAGGADINO

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH BLUE ZONES PROJECT?

I love working with such amazing friends at BZP. They are the most professional, genuine, and fun people to work with.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POWER 9:

Move Naturally

ORGANIZATION:

Max Flex Fitness

Nino Maggadino-1

DENISE PANCYRZ

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH BLUE ZONES PROJECT?

Working with the amazing people on the team! Volunteering also allows me to get to know my community on a better level.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POWER 9:

80% Rule

ORGANIZATION:

reversemydiabetes.net

Denise Pancyrz Volunteer-1

DR. RANDALL UPCHURCH

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH BLUE ZONES PROJECT?

I enjoy sharing concepts with people that can, and do, improve the health and well-being of individuals, their friends, and loved ones.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POWER 9:

Down Shift

ORGANIZATION:

Florida Gulf Coast University

Randy Upchurch Volunteer-1

NOLEN ROLLINS

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH BLUE ZONES PROJECT?

I enjoy being able to contribute to the end result of a happier, healthier community. Working with the Blue Zones Project faith based community team to develop a strategy has been rewarding.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POWER 9:

Purpose

ORGANIZATION:

GPS Life Journey

Nolen Rollins Volunteer

JOANN VUKOBRATOVICH

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH BLUE ZONES PROJECT?

Translating the Blue Zones concepts and findings of  Dan Buettner's research based discoveries into kinesthetic academic student based health and physical education activities for Collier County.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POWER 9:

Right Tribe

ORGANIZATION:

Collier County Public Schools

Joann Vukobratovich Volunteer-1

HAROLD WEEKS

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH BLUE ZONES PROJECT?

Volunteering is what I do and I like to be able to give advice. When I was president of NAACP it taught me a lot about the importance of being involved in the community. I like being part of helping to improve the well-being of our community.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POWER 9:

Move Naturally

Harold Weeks Volunteer

KELLY WILSON

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT VOLUNTEERING WITH BLUE ZONES PROJECT?

I appreciate collaborating on shared goals as we are able to do more together than we are on our own. I also like BZP's community-wide approach that impacts many sectors of society and provide opportunities for each of us in different spheres to connect with on another.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POWER 9:

Down Shift

ORGANIZATION:

UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program

Kelly Wilson

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