In 2013, the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index® – the world’s most extensive data set on well-being – revealed the city of Fort Worth would have ranked near the worst in the nation, 185th out of 190 large metro areas, based on how its citizens felt and experienced their daily lives. At that time, it was estimated that poor health would have cost the city $5 billion in lost productivity and health care costs over the next 10 years, undermining its economic viability and residents’ quality of life.
To help the residents of Fort Worth live longer, active and healthier lives, Texas Health infused $5 million in 2014 and partnered with city leaders, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Healthways, Inc. and the Blue Zones Project® to make healthy choices easier. Blue Zones Project is a community-led, well-being improvement initiative informed by lifestyles of the world’s longest-living people.
Since then, these organizations have worked across all sectors to transform schools, grocery stores, policies, restaurants, worksites and faith-based organizations to surround residents with healthier messages and options. This entailed forging public-private collaborations, engaging thousands of neighbors and creating lasting improvements.
Additionally, Texas Health took steps to enable employees to live longer and better lives by installing walking paths, enhancing wellness programs, offering more nutritious food options and more. In 2016, our system became the world’s largest Blue Zones Project Approved™ Worksite for adopting healthier behaviors.