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Oregon Tech is a Blue Zones Worksite!

Blue Zones ProjectBlue Zones ribbon cuttingWhat is Blue Zones?

Blue Zones Project is a community-wide well-being improvement initiative to help make healthy choices easier for Oregonians.

You typically spend the majority of your day at work – so it makes sense that having healthy choices at work is key to your well-being. Blue Zones Project offers solutions for Oregon Tech to inspire employees to be happier and more productive at work and at home.

When you feel better and more connected to your colleagues, you miss less work, make greater contributions, and have lower healthcare costs. Oregon Tech is the 14th work site in Klamath Falls approved by the Blue Zones Project, and the first university with the distinction on the West Coast.


Power 9® Principles Pyramid

Power 9 Pyramid

By using the Power 9®, the nine secrets of longevity, to improve where we live, work, learn, and play, we make it easier to get up and move, eat healthy, make new friends, find a reason for being—and live longer, better.

How Do I Participate?

  1. Learn Visit Blue Zones Project or read the best-selling book Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest.
  2. Measure The three-minute online Vitality Compass® will estimate how long you'll live and give you customized tips to live longer. Visit bluezonesproject.com, navigate to Transforming Well-Being, then click on the tab titled Individuals to access the Vitality Compass.
  3. Participate Complete the Personal Pledge and commit to all four steps (Learn, Measure, Participate, Complete the Checklist) and show up to participate in at least one activity in the next six months.
  4. Complete the Checklist The personal checklist on page 2 of the personal pledge offers choices to modify your personal surroundings so you're more likely to be healthier and happier.
Hootie's Loop inaugural Hootie's Loop walk on May 30, 2017


For More Information

To learn more about how you can get involved on campus, please contact a member of Oregon Tech's Blue Zones Wellness Committee.

Blue Zones Wellness Committee Co-Chairs:

Carrie Dickson

Carrie Dickson

OfficeBoivin Hall 186
Nellie Stewart

Nellie Stewart

OfficeOwens Hall 145

Blue Zones Wellness Committee Members:

Nicole Carter

Nicole Carter, Student Club Blue Zones President

Jherime Kellermann

Jherime Kellermann, Assistant Professor

OfficeDOW203
Erin Cox

Erin Cox, Assistant Professor

OfficeOW109
Gaylyn Maurer

Gaylyn Maurer, Director of ISHC

OfficeStudent Health
Kenneth Davis

Kenneth Davis, Assistant Professor

OfficeBH175
Hallie Neupert

Hallie Neupert, Professor-Department Chair

OfficeOW148
Erin Ferrara

Erin Ferrara, Director of Student Success Center

OfficeLRC 225
Stephanie Pope

Stephanie Pope, Budget & Resource Planning Director

Sarah Henderson

Sarah Henderson, Benefits Consultant

OfficeSN107
Brandon Porter

Brandon Porter, Head Women's Soccer Coach

OfficeFitness Center
Steve Kappler

Steve Kappler, Sodexo Dining Manager

John Ritter

John Ritter, Professor

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