The list of finalists for the 2011 Blue Zone Project have been announced. Pella was vying for one of the top spots to become a Blue Zone Demonstration Community, but unfortunately didn’t quite make the cut. Out of 54 applicants 11 cities were selected. Cyndi Atkins, with Pella Regional Health Center, tells KNIA/KRLS News that although Pella wasn’t selected this round, there will be additional communities selected later. She says that while the community would have liked to be selected as a finalist, the discussions that have come from the project have been beneficial. Atkins says that Blue Zone or not, all the people she has talked to about the initiative are interested in making Pella a healthier place to live.