Blue Zones—Living a Longer, Happier Life

The thought of living to be one hundred years old may either terrify or excite you. But how do we live that long? There are millions of products designed to help people live longer, but experts say these products do nothing for longevity. Whatever the secret is, individuals living in blue zones know the answer.

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There are locations all over the globe, called Blue Zones, where you will find a population of people living longer, healthier and happier lives. Dan Buettner and National Geographic have scoured the world and have discovered five of these zones, located in: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Icaria, Greece and Loma Linda, California. They found that people living in these areas reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States.

Each group of people have their own unique set of guidelines that they live by, but Buettner has found some overlapping characteristics, known as the Power 9.

So, what do theses people do to live longer and more enjoyable lives? Watch this short video to learn a little more about the Blue Zones! Or check out the Blue Zones website.

Written by Rachel Kile, Peer Educator

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