Dan Buettner’s ‘Blue Zones’ offer healthy lessons for longer life

The popularity of Dan Buettner’s “Blue Zones” phenomena is growing. I’ve mentioned it in the past, but I recently sat in on a webinar presented by him. He and his team have been collecting data about areas in the world with the greatest number of centenarians in their populations.

They have now designated five areas that exist around the world as the healthiest zones on the planet. The five Blue Zones are Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; the province of Ogliastra in Sardinia, Italy; the Seventh-Day Adventists in Loma Linda, California; and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.

His work has established nine consistent denominators that are at the heart of their lifestyle and, consequently, their extended healthy lifespan. There is a good chance you’re not going to pack up and move around the world to gain access to these benefits, but might you think about changes in your own lifestyle right where you are?

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