As senior vice president and general manager of Blue Zones Project® at Sharecare, Michael Acker oversees all operations of the initiative, which is helping transform communities across the U.S. into areas where the healthy choice is easy and people live longer with a higher quality of life.
Acker has played an integral role in Blue Zones Project efforts since the program’s inception in 2010. The project incorporates the findings of National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner, who identified five regions of the world – or Blue Zones® – with the highest concentrations of people living to 100 years and beyond. In the initiative’s formative stage, Acker worked closely with Buettner to create an evidence-based, scalable, and sustainable program that could help entire communities move toward optimal health and well-being by improving their surroundings to support healthy choices. Today, 50 communities across the U.S. and Canada have joined the movement – impacting more than 3.4 million people, and with significant outcomes related to declines in obesity and smoking and increases in rates of exercise and healthy eating.
Previously, Acker held various finance, strategy, and product management roles in across the healthcare sector. He is a member of the American Public Health Association and an advisory board member for the Council on Rural Aging and Leadership Healthcare – Nashville Healthcare Council.
Acker holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in health policy from Ithaca College in New York.