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Creating healthy social networks with Walking Moai

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Southern Hills Mall was buzzing with people Saturday morning. However, they weren't there to shop. They came for a stroll.

Get up and get active while building unique friendships. That's what the Blue Zones Project is doing with Walking Moai. Moai is Japanese, and means a group of people that meet for a common purpose, like exercising.

In Walking Moai, once a week, for ten weeks groups get together to socialize and walk.

"I just think this is great," said Bev Walstrom from Sioux City. "I think everybody ought to be walking. I think everybody ought to be exercising, because it does help prolong life."

One of the Blue Zones' goals is encouraging people to develop healthy social networks. A project leader says friends can impact your health and well-being.

"Studies actually show if your three best friends are overweight or obese, you are 50 percent more likely to be overweight or obese yourself," said Kim Gordon, Blue Zones project leader.

Sioux City's working towards becoming a certified Blue Zones community. The city's currently a demonstration site.

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