First Blue Zones worksite is BHS

Baldwin High School Principal Catherine Kilborn (left) watches as Vice Principal Karen Walker cuts the Blue Zones Project approval ribbon for the school on Feb. 2. Baldwin High School recently celebrated being named the first worksite in Central Maui to be a Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite.

Baldwin High School Principal Catherine Kilborn (left) watches as Vice Principal Karen Walker cuts the Blue Zones Project approval ribbon for the school on Feb. 2. Baldwin High School recently celebrated being named the first worksite in Central Maui to be a Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite.

Baldwin High School recently celebrated being named the first site in Central Maui to be a Blue Zones Project Approved Worksite.

Sponsored by Hawaii Medical Service Association, the Blue Zones Project is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to lifestyle, environment, policy and social networks.

More than 80 percent of Baldwin’s employees signed the Blue Zones Project Personal Pledge and committed to adopting healthy habits into their lives, a news release said. The pledge includes small suggestions to make healthier decisions on a daily basis.

The school celebrated its recognition on Feb. 2, with a ceremony followed by a cooking contest featuring local sweet potatoes, zucchini and herbs donated by Kumu Farms.

School educational assistants Harilyn Wong won for Most Creative Dish, Helena Brown won for Best Tasting Dish and Satoko Kiyabu won for Best Presentation.

Baldwin High School educational assistant Satoko Kiyabu won for Best  Presentation for her sweet potato dish.

Baldwin High School educational assistant Satoko Kiyabu won for Best Presentation for her sweet potato dish.

The school achieved Blue Zones Project Approved status by successfully adopting best practices that promote employee well-being, including encouraging standing meetings when possible, supporting micro-breaks to stretch every hour and, designating a quiet space in the office where employees can downshift or meditate.

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