Welcome to Pogo!
Pogo, formerly known as Blue Zones Project Pottawatomie County, a Certified Blue Zones Community, is a collaborative community effort to achieve and sustain measurable health improvements to help everyone in our community,
“Live a little. Longer.”
In June 2020, Avedis Foundation, Sharecare, Inc. and Blue Zones, LLC announced that Pottawatomie County had achieved certified Blue Zones Community® status. After two years of deepening community relationships and developing a plan for long-term, local impact, Blue Zones Project evolved to become Pottawatomie go, or “Pogo.” This is a result of the commitment Avedis Foundation has to the health, wellness, and quality of life of our area.
Over the coming months we will be doubling down on connecting with health improvement efforts throughout our community. In the meantime, let’s stay connected! Follow us on social media!
What happened to Blue Zones Project?
In June 2020, the Avedis Foundation and Blue Zones LLC announced that Pottawatomie County had achieved the Certified Blue Zones Community® status. Phase II of the Blue Zones Project continued the work of making healthy choices easier.
After two years of deepening community relationships and developing a plan for long-term, local impact, Blue Zones Project evolved to become Pottawatomie go, or “Pogo.” As a certified Blue Zones Community, Shawnee remains part of the national network of communities committed to making healthy choices easier.
What is Pogo?
Pogo, a Certified Blue Zones Community, is a collaborative community effort to achieve and sustain measurable health improvements to help everyone in our community, “Live a little. Longer.” And yes, that means you, too!
Is Pogo funded by public dollars?
No. Beginning July 1, 2022, Avedis Foundation became Pogo’s parent company and financial sponsor. Though we are privately led and publicly endorsed, Avedis Foundation is the sole underwriter of the collaborative. We also partner with multiple nonprofit organizations and schools to assist them in earning private, state, and federal grants to support special projects and initiatives.
Where is the Pogo office?
420 E. Main in downtown Shawnee, Oklahoma. Our location is currently under a remodel.
What does this mean for our favorite Blue Zones Project activities?
You can expect your favorite activities to continue. In Spring 2023, Pogo will introduce even more activities and strategies to Live a Little. Longer.
What is Pogo’s service area?
Shawnee today and includes neighboring communities as we develop new relationships and connect with like-minded leaders.
What is the Pottawatomie County Well-Being Coalition?
Pottawatomie County Wellbeing Coalition is the registered business name for Pogo, used until the brand announcement on October 21st, 2022.
Who can be a part of the Collaborative?
Blue Zones Project aligned with over two dozen partners resourced and focused on making healthy choices easier. These folks are family! Pogo builds on that family to include like-minded faith-based organizations, employers, educators, tribal and municipal governments, non-profits, and individuals looking to help our communities Live a Little. Longer.