Blue Zones Project is a community-wide well-being improvement initiative to help make healthy choices easier for everyone in Fort Worth. A vital part of Fort Worth’s Healthiest City Initiative, Blue Zones Project® encourages changes in our community environment that lead to healthier options. When our entire community participates – from our worksites and schools to our restaurants and grocery stores – the small changes contribute to huge benefits for all of us: lowered healthcare costs, improved productivity, and ultimately, a higher quality of life. Learners from this session will be able to go back with best practices on creating an environment of well-being. They will also see the economic benefits of a healthier community.
Ricky Cotto lives and works in Fort Worth Texas. In 2014, he joined the Blue Zones Project Fort Worth team as the Neighborhoods Team Manager and later transitioned to Faith based Manager. In 2018, the City of Fort Worth achieved Blue Zones designation becoming the largest, most diverse Blue Zones community in the United States. In 2019, Ricky joined the “Phase 2” team with Texas Health Resources as Director of Community Engagement (NTHC); to continue the great work of making the healthy choice the easy choice. He received his undergrad degree from the University of North Texas and a M.A.in Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.