Kelseyville Sunrise Rotary becomes first Blue Zones Project Approved organization In Lake County

The Kelseyville Sunrise Rotary celebrates becoming the first Blue Zones Project Approved organization In Lake County, California. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — Blue Zones Project Lake County announced that Rotary Club of Kelseyville Sunrise is the first organization in Lake County that has achieved designation as Blue Zones Project Approved.

Kelseyville Sunrise Rotary successfully completed the review process with guidance from Kamlin Fasano, organization lead for Blue Zones Project Lake County.

“Blue Zones Project introduces us to ideas and practices like having a sense of purpose and belonging that will help us live longer and healthier lives as a community,” said Rotary Club of Kelseyville Sunrise President Terry Dereniuk. “These ideas deeply align with the Rotary’s mission to give back through volunteering and building meaningful friendships.”

To become Blue Zones Project Approved, the civic organization leaders identified well-being programs they were already implementing, such as volunteering and serving the community.

From there, the team utilized the Blue Zones Power 9 principles to incorporate more well-being action items to create a healthier environment for its members including serving nutritious food options at meetings and events, adding a five-minute stretch period to the beginning of each meeting and creating a wellness council.

Rotary Club leaders and community members came together to celebrate this accomplishment with a private blue ribbon cutting event on Tuesday, July 26, at the Saw Shop Public House in Kelseyville.

Healthy Blue Zones inspired food was served, prepared by the Saw Shop Public House for guests to enjoy.

“We are just getting started in our journey and are looking forward to continue finding new ways to model healthy behaviors within our club, and in service to our community in our projects and actions,” said Michelle Buell, Rotary Club of Kelseyville Sunrise past president.

“We applaud Kesleyville Sunrise Rotary for making healthy choices easier for its members and promoting Blue Zones principles to the entire community. The leadership of Kelseyville Sunrise Rotary is a milestone for our county’s journey toward becoming a fully certified Blue Zones Project,” said Blue Zones Project Lake County Executive Director Jamey Gill.

Brought to Lake County through an innovative sponsorship by Adventist Health and Blue Zones, LLC, Blue Zones Project is a community-by-community well-being improvement initiative designed to enable community members to live longer, happier lives with lower rates of chronic diseases and a higher quality of life.

To learn more about becoming a Blue Zones Project Approved organization or worksite, contact the Blue Zones Project team in Lake County at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Healthy Blue Zones inspired food served at the celebration. Courtesy photo.