9.1.22 Update on Blue Zones Project Durant

To our friends and neighbors, 

Over the last two and a half years, Blue Zones Project Durant has made great strides toward its goals of making healthy choices easier where people live, work, learn, and play. Through your engagement, Durant’s leaders and residents have driven meaningful change in the community.    

Despite the progress of local stakeholders, volunteers, and staff, Durant will not be moving forward with its Blue Zones Project efforts due to limited resources. Through Imagine Durant, the Choctaw Nation, First United Bank / The Massey Family Foundation, and Texoma Health Foundation have all contributed to efforts that support well-being and help shape the environment of Durant to foster healthier living and remain committed to that objective for the community of Durant.   

By engaging in this movement, Durant took on a challenge that few communities dare to tackle, and the positive steps taken through Blue Zones Project have created a foundation for the community to build upon. Launching at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic reinforced the idea that well-being matters now more than ever. More than 2,200 residents and dozens of organizations across Durant demonstrated their commitment to transforming our community.   

We are extremely grateful for the local committee members, volunteers, and champions who contributed to the work. Individuals, families, businesses, and organizations have joined the movement to make healthy choices easier. The result is a positive shift toward more active living, healthier eating, and stronger social connections, which will continue to improve residents’ well-being for years to come. 

The journey to better well-being is just beginning in Durant. Community leadership remains dedicated to the vision of a healthier city and will continue to drive change through other local efforts. We encourage all those who have been involved in Blue Zones Project to continue their commitment to making a lasting impact on the well-being of the residents of Durant. 

Thank you for your support and dedication to our community. 

The Imagine Durant Board of Directors & Blue Zones Project Durant Team