All three Hy-Vee Sioux City grocery stores have been given the blue zone designation
The skies weren't the only thing blue.
Blue balloons at the entrance to the Southern Hills Hy-Vee mark another milestone in Sioux City's efforts to become a Blue Zone.
All three Hy-Vee grocery stores have been given the blue zone designation.
They've designated a healthy foods check-out lane with fruits and healthy snacks.
There's also a scavenger hunt to teach kids healthy eating habits.
Employees say many of the program's initiatives are already in practice.
Now, the store's placing a greater emphasis on those efforts.
"Some of those things are as simple as making sure there's water available in every check-out lane cooler. So, someone has that option if they go to that check-out lane counter. The don't have to run to another one. The healthy choice is the easy choice," said Hy-Vee Dietitian Korie Lown.
Each store has parking spots at end of their lots labeled Blue Zone parking, to encourage more shoppers to take a longer walk to the store and get some exercise.