Jan 4, 2018

Blue Zones

"Blue Zones describes the characteristic lifestyles and the environments of the world's longest-lived people. The term first appeared as an international concept in the November 2005 National Geographic magazine cover story "The Secrets of a Long Life" by Dan Buettner. Buettner identified five geographic areas where people live statistically longest:Okinawa(Japan); Sardinia (Italy); Nicoya (Costa Rica); Icaria (Greece) and among theSeventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda, California. He offers an explanation, based on empirical data and first hand observations, as to why these populations live healthier and longer lives."

"The people inhabiting Blue Zones share common lifestyle characteristics that contribute to their longevity. The Venn diagram above highlights the following six shared characteristics among the people of Okinawa, Sardinia, and Loma Linda 

Blue Zones:
Family – put ahead of other concerns
Less smoking
Semi-vegetarianism – the majority of food consumed is derived from plants
Constant moderate physical activity – an inseparable part of life
Social engagement – people of all ages are socially active and integrated into their communities
Legumes – commonly consumed

In his book, Buettner provides a list of nine lessons, covering the lifestyle of blue zones people:

Moderate, regular physical activity.
Life purpose.
Stress reduction.
Moderate calories intake.
Plant-based diet.
Moderate alcohol intake, especially wine.
Engagement in spirituality or religion.
Engagement in family life.
Engagement in social life."

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