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Bender Hall is first in nation with Blue Zones recognition

Bender Hall is the first of ten residence communities at UNI and first in the nation to complete the Blue Zones checklist that documents lifestyle options that contribute to wellness.  The Department of Residence promotes healthy choices and healthy lifestyles in all residence communities and dining centers.  Bender Hall is home to the Wellness Living Learning Community at UNI.

"Blue Zones provides us with a framework for evaluating and improving hall-wide programming.  This gives us a plan for the community and options for individuals," said Nick Rafanello, Assistant Director of Residence Life. "Wellness is one the four key programming areas for 2013-14.  Residence education also focuses on academic achievement, social action and personal development.  Delivery of programming includes in-hall activities, communication on bulletin boards and attendance at university-wide events."

The success of the Bender Hall Blue Zones initiative was featured in the Waterloo Courier.