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Marion to Host Livability Expo and Presentation by Expert Dan Burden

Post Date:04/14/2016 12:14 PM

The City of Marion and Blue Zones Project® invite the public to attend a special presentation by walkability and livability expert Dan Burden. “Livability in Marion, A Vision for Vibrant Communities” will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21 during the Marion City Council meeting. Prior to Dan’s presentation to the Council there will be a livability expo at Marion City Hall showcasing the new Marion active living plan “Step in to Nature”, food policy work, information on events and progress in Marion Uptown as well as timelines and next steps for ImaginArt in the Alleys. The expo begins at 4:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Dan Burden is a nationally recognized authority on livable and vibrant communities, healthy streets, traffic calming and bicycle and pedestrian programs. Over the past 35 years, Burden has helped more than 3,000 communities become more livable, walkable and sustainable. As a part of Blue Zones Project, Burden has visited Cedar Rapids multiple times in the last two years to advise city leaders and connect citizens with their built environment.

Thriving, healthy communities are built for easy movement for everyone, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders.

Brought to Iowa through an innovative sponsorship by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, in collaboration with Healthways, Inc. and Blue Zones, LLC, Blue Zones Project is a community-by-community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks. Based on principles developed by Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author of “The Blue Zones” and “The Blue Zones Solution,” Blue Zones Project is designed to enable community members to live longer, happier lives with lower rates of chronic diseases and a higher quality of life.

Blue Zones Project is the centerpiece of the Healthiest State Initiative to make Iowa a healthier place to live, work and play. Fifteen Iowa communities are currently part of the Blue Zones Project and are positively influencing statewide outcomes to date, as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®. For more information, please visit

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