Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Nick Buettner | The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest

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Thank you for helping us declassify the secrets to health and longevity and focus on mind, body and spirit. ~ Mel Fabregas 

S y n o p s i s 

In 2004, Nick Buettner's brother, Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people lived measurably better. In these Blue Zones they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States.

After identifying the world’s Blue Zones, Dan and National Geographic took teams of scientists to each location to identify lifestyle characteristics that might explain longevity. They found that the lifestyles of all Blue Zones residents shared nine specific characteristics. We call these characteristics the Power 9.

Dan’s subsequent book The Blue Zones hit the New York Times best-seller list and took Dan everywhere from Oprah to TED to Bill Clinton’s Health Matters Initiative. The success prompted a new challenge: could we build a Blue Zone in the US?

In 2009 we partnered with AARP and the United Health Foundation to apply the Power 9 principles to Albert Lea, MN (learn more about our approach). It worked: after just one year, participants added an estimated 2.9 years to their average lifespan while healthcare claims for city worker dropped 49%. Harvard’s Walter Willett called the results ‘stunning’ (learn more about the Blue Zones communities).

We are now building Blue Zones in cities and businesses across the country. Our mission – to help people live longer, better lives – is spreading. Learn how you can get involved.

A long healthy life is no accident. It begins with good genes, but it also depends on good habits. If you adopt the right lifestyle, experts say, chances are you may live up to a decade longer. So what's the formula for success? National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has lead teams of researchers across the globe to uncover the secrets of Blue Zones—geographic regions where high percentages of centenarians are enjoying remarkably long, full lives.

The recipe for longevity, Buettner has found, is deeply intertwined with community, lifestyle, and spirituality. You won't find longevity in a bottle of diet pills or with hormone therapy. You'll find it by embracing a few simple but powerful habits, and by creating the right community around yourself. In The Blue Zone, Buettner has blended his lifestyle formula with the latest longevity research to inspire lasting behavioral change and add years to your life.

B i o 

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.

Additional Accomplishments by Nick Buettner:

Executive Producer of the Blue Zones expeditions to Okinawa, Costa Rica and Ikaria. As a leader on the Blue Zones team, Nick lead all field operations and collaborated with Good Morning America, CNN, AOL, WCCO and the National Geographic Channel.

  • Blue Zone Team representative for the Blue Zone Project in Iowa, who’s goal is to take the lessons learned in the Blue Zones and bring them to communities in the United States.
  • Owner of Flying Pencil Productions, a provider of innovative, cross-media learning experiences that empower students to explore and improve the world around them. Flying Pencil’s mission is to cultivate a lifelong passion for learning, discovery, and understanding.
  • COO and Spokesperson for FoolProof Financial Education Systems, Inc. which provides consumers tough, unique, interactive financial literacy and consumer information programs.
  • Co-created MayaQuest, with Dan Buettner, a first-of-its-kind internet-based education program successfully used in classrooms in all 50 states and 122 countries.
  • Conceived, developed and implemented two global educational projects for Minnesota Governors which reached over 1000 schools throughout the states.

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