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Trinity Church-United Methodist earns Blue Zones approval

Trinity Church-United Methodist, Beaver Dam, was recognized Sunday as a Blue Zones Project approved faith-based community. From left are Andrea Wieneke, Trinity wellness committee member; Leslie Covell Hershberger, Blue Zones Project community program manager; the Rev. Cherie Forret, Trinity Church-United Methodist; and Liz Pickart and Norma Dorn, Trinity wellness committee members.

Blue Zones Project Dodge County held a ribbon cutting Sunday at Trinity Church-United Methodist in Beaver Dam to recognize the organization as the newest faith-based community to become Blue Zones Project approved.

“Participating in our county’s Blue Zones Project has been an ideal way to bring focus to the ministry priorities we most want to share with our community: inviting each person to experience health and wholeness, highlighting the gifts of being grounded in a faith community and encouraging people to identify the purpose God intends for our lives,” said the Rev. Cherie Forret.

Trinity Church’s volunteer wellness team met regularly starting in July to decide which well-being practices most appealed to their congregation.

The church held a plant-slant potluck Sunday, which allowed all participants to taste a variety of healthy and delicious foods. This winter, potluck groups will be formed as part of a “Konnect” program which encourages members of the congregation to get to know one another better while sharing food.

Trinity Church hosted vacation Bible school for children from various faith-communities last summer. Many of the activities kept children and adults moving and active while deepening their faith.

Bringing people together around faith and sharing that with the community through outreach is important to Trinity Church. The prayer garden is often used by the church for events such as flowering of the cross and pet blessing services. There are many volunteer opportunities within the church in which youth and families can participate. Serving others not only aligns with faith teachings, but also improves the well-being of those who serve.

Blue Zones Project is a community-by-community well-being improvement initiative.

For details about becoming a Blue Zones Project approved organization, call 920-342-2479 or visit