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UPDATE: Sioux City celebrates Blue Zone designation

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Imagine a community where the healthiest choices are the easiest ones to make.

That's what N.Y. Times best selling author Dan Buettner had in mind when he wrote Blue Zones, the inspiration behind transforming communities like Sioux City into places where people live longer, better.

"There's civic pride. And there's great leadership here. I think what we can bring to the table is some expertise and some best practices from elsewhere and some motivation to get it done," said Dan Buettner, Blue Zones Founder.

And there was plenty of it at Thursday night's Blue Zones launch event where friends, family and neighbors gathered at the convention center to begin transforming Siouxland's well-being.

"There are just little nudges, little changes everyday that will get you to a healthier state," said Wellmark's Becky Wampler.

City engineers might get some some nudges too.

"You connect your waterfront with the best of your buildings downtown. The best of the uses, and now you'll have even more money to build to the next level," said Dan Burden, a livable and sustainable communities expert.

And that's now the challenge of living in an inviting Blue Zones demonstration site. It's up to Siouxlanders to want to strive and thrive with a clear sense of purpose living vibrant, healthy lives into their 100's.

"We just believe that Sioux city is most ready, and the leadership works the best together in Iowa and the deck is stacked in favor of success here," said Buettner.

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