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Blue Zones: Secrets of a Long Life
Blue Zone is a concept used to identify a demographic and/or geographic area of the world where people live measurably longer lives, as described in Dan Buettner’s book, “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from people who lived the longest.” The concept grew out of demographic work done by Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain, who identified Sardinia’s Nuoro province as the region with the highest concentration of male centenarians. As the two men zeroed in on the cluster of villages with the highest longevity, they drew concentric blue circles on the map and began referring to the area inside the circle as the Blue Zone. Buettner identifies longevity hot spots in Okinawa (Japan); Sardinia (Italy); Nicoya (Costa Rica); Icaria (Greece);and among the Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda, California, and offers an explanation, based on empirical data and first hand observations, as to why these populations live healthier and longer lives.
Nick Buettner is committed to informing, inspiring and connecting people and ideas. His work with the Blue Zones expedition team provided him a first hand, in person glimpse of these Blue Zones — places that have the greatest life expectancy and where more people reach age 100 than anywhere else in the world. Using National Geographic photography and a dynamic, storytelling delivery, Nick takes audiences to these longest-lived cultures, shares his own observations from the field, and provides your group with ideas to immediately increase their own well-being.
-What determines how long you live?
-The 5 demographically defined areas of longevity called Blue Zones
-The healthy habits of the Seventh Day Adventists
-The effects of faith on longevity
-Dan talks of a woman he met in a Blue Zone in Costa Rica who is 105 years old and still mows her lawn with a machete
-The common denominator of all the Blue Zones
-A plant based diet, beans, and legumes are very important in all the Blue Zones
-It’s not just about living longer. but living longer without disease
-The classic Mediterranean diet
-How can we turn our communities into Blue Zones?
and so much more!
nick buttner on people with long lives, may 6, 2014