Blue Zones of Health in the World and Creating Blue Zones in the United States

Dan Buettner

Dan Buettner

Founder & CEO, Blue Zones, LLC


Abstract

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and his team study the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. In his talk, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits – Power 9® – that keep them spry past age 100. What should you be doing to live a longer life? Dan Buettner debunks the most common myths and offers a science-backed blueprint for the average American to live another 12 quality years.

Presenter Bio

Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times bestselling author. His New York Times SundayMagazine article, “The Island Where People Forget to Die,” was the second most popular article of 2012. He founded Blue Zones®, a company that puts the world’s best practices in longevity and well-being to work in people’s lives. Buettner’s National Geographic cover story on longevity, “The Secrets of Living Longer,” was one of their top-selling issues in history and a made him a finalist for a National Magazine Award. His books The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest (2008) and Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way (2010) appeared on many bestseller lists and were both featured on Oprah. His forthcoming book, THE BLUE ZONES SOLUTION: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People, will be published by National Geographic in April 2015.

In 2009, Dan Buettner and his partner, AARP, applied principles of The Blue Zones to Albert Lea, Minnesota and successfully raised life expectancy and lowered health care costs by some 40%. Since then, he has teamed with Healthways to implement the program in 16 other cities in America and has dramatically improved the health of more than 5 million Americans to-date. Their strategy focuses on optimizing the health environment instead of individual behavior change. Writing in Newsweek, Harvard University’s Walter Willet called the results “stunning.”

Dan also holds three world records in distance cycling and has won an Emmy Award for television production. You can learn more at www.bluezones.com.