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The Beach Cities are a Certified Blue Zones Community

Thank you for being part of the Blue Zones Project® community well-being transformation in the Beach Cities!

The Beach Cities – Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach – were named a nationally certified Blue Zones Community® in 2016. The Beach Cities are the largest community to achieve Blue Zones Community certification through the successful implementation of Blue Zones Project, which launched in 2010 to make the healthy choice the easy choice for residents and employees of this community. 

The certification announcement comes on the heels of Gallup National Health & Well-being Index data. Since 2010, exercise has increased, obesity levels has been less than half the U.S. average, people who are “thriving” has increased and smoking has dropped compared to the U.S. Collectively, the Beach Cities earned a 2020 Well-Being Index score of 68.3 

Blue Zones Project in the Beach Cities is a partnership of Beach Cities Health DistrictSharecare and Blue Zones, LLC.

Blue Zones Project in the Beach Cities: By the Numbers


Outcomes: 24,000+ residents completed the Blue Zones Pledge and 3,000+ people completed community workshops
Impact: 77% of residents report thriving in daily life and 4% reduction in significant daily stress


Outcomes: $8.1 million secured for livability projects and adoption of comprehensive smoke-free policies in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach
Impact: 42% decrease in smoking and 19% increase in exercise


Outcomes: 100+ Blue Zones Project Approved™ Restaurants serving healthier options and 5 grocery stores committed to healthy shopping
Impact: 29% decline in overweight residents


Outcomes: 14 employers adopted policies favoring health
Impact: 61% of residents like what they do every day


Outcomes: 6 Blue Zones Schools, student gardens and nutrition education, 37 Walking School Bus routes and subsidized healthy lunches
Impact: 25% of Beach Cities elementary school students walk to class

Learn more about the health of the Beach Cities population in the Community Health Report 2022.

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