Hawaii First becomes first Blue Zones approved worksite in Hawaii County

Credit union approved for sustainable well-being practices

HILO, HI (October 20, 2016) — Hawaii First Federal Credit Union has been approved as a Blue Zones Project Worksite, an initiative to creating a healthier, happier and more purpose-driven work environment. Hawaii First joins the Blue Zones Project, sponsored by Hawaii Medical Services Association, to take a systematic approach to community transformation.

Hawaii First becomes the first financial institution to be Blue Zones approved in the state of Hawaii. The 60-year-old credit union is also the first Blue Zones approved worksite in Hawaii County.

The Blue Zones Project was first introduced to Hawaii in 2013. The Blue Zones principles are at work in cities and communities in seven states. The initiative is based on nine evidence-based common denominators of communities across the globe where people happily live the longest.

For Hawaii First, the goals for improving well-being includes reducing healthcare costs, lowering absenteeism and improving productivity. By promoting better lifestyle principles, the credit union says better retention and a more engaged, focused and happy workforce will ultimately lead to happier members.

“Our world – what we do every day –  is about putting people first,” said Hawaii First President and chief executive Laura Aguirre. “The Blue Zones Project is a movement among movements that provides the tools and resources to support healthier choices. We fully embrace making Hawaii a Blue Zone where our residents live longer, happier, healthier lives.”

Within two branches, Hawaii First employs 21 full-time and three part-time employees. The credit union serves 7,756 members on the Island of Hawaii.

About Hawaii First Federal Credit Union

Hawai’i First Federal Credit Union (HFFCU) is a low-income designated Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), which was organized in 1956. Today, Hawai’i First continues to provide a wide array of no-cost financial services that encourage community revitalization and economic development in Hawai’i County. HFFCU proudly serves the Island of Hawai’i through its multiple branches and programs such as the Hawai’i First Community Resource Centers.

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