Blue Zones reaching out to local school district


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MASON CITY, Iowa – Mason City Community Schools’ Blue Zones efforts – to bring healthier options to schools, officials have decided not to allow kids to bring treats or food to school – even for a birthday celebration.

Officials say they will still have birthday parties at schools, but they want to encourage parents and teachers to think of ways to celebrate without food

“Schools are a part of the Blue Zones initiative,” Ellen Kehr said.

Kehr is the Blue Zone Organizer for Mason City and she said that schools are yet another sector of the Blue Zone’s organization.

“They are another sector just the same as work sites, grocery stores and restaurants, schools are a sector and they are trying to create a healthier environment within the school system,” Kehr said.

Schools will be encouraging parents and students to celebrate birthdays or other holidays with things like small gifts.

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