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Employees walk the talk, help United Real Estate go blue

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Sioux City is halfway to its goal of moving from a Blue Zones demonstration site to a full-fledged Blue Zones community.

Tuesday, United Real Estate Solutions received the designation of a Blue Zones worksite.

A business must get 25% of its employees to participate in healthy initiatives to qualify.  United Real Estate got 90% of its workers on board.

The company was commended for how quickly its employees satisfied the criteria.

President Kevin McManamy says many of the healthy initiatives were already in place.

"I think most employers are trying to do good things for their employees, and so we just had to augment what we already had. So, it wasn't overly difficult, but the nice thing about it is it's not real easy to do it, but it's not impossible,” said McManamy.

Cathy Stueve spearheaded United's efforts, organizing walking moai's or small group walks.  The walks happen twice a day, three days per week.

Employees also complete challenges to make Blue Zones' healthy initiatives part of their daily activities.

"I personally have gone through some major health issues, as has several other people here, and it made sense that it would be a really good thing to do for us as an organization, but also as a corporate citizen,” Cathy Stueve, Dir. of Marketing and Business Development.

Sioux City has turned six of the ten businesses necessary into Blue Zones worksites.

Over the next year, eleven more restaurants must go blue, along with six schools.

Five-thousand-seven-hundred people have signed the Blue Zones pledge, but they need more than 12,000 signatures.

Click here to sign the pledge.

A community-wide walking moai planned for May 10th, steps off on Ho-Chunk Center.

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