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Required Reading: The Blue Zones

Stria Staff April 13, 2019
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The book was recommended by Emily Merritt, a director at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. Read her Q&A with Stria.

I love “The Blue Zones” by Dan Buettner, which highlights a handful of regions around the world where people are living longest and living well. It reminds us that the social determinants of health are powerful, and also that we have opportunities to contribute to a life well lived—through the food we eat, the company we keep and the perspectives we have on life. It makes the case that all of us should make sure we are helping our communities be safer, healthier, more well connected and more equitable places for people of all ages!

Emily Merritt
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The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest
By Dan Buettner

With the right lifestyle, experts say, chances are that you may live up to a decade longer. What’s the prescription for success? National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has traveled the globe to uncover the best strategies for longevity found in theBlue Zones: places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives. And in this dynamic book he discloses the recipe, blending this unique lifestyle formula with the latest scientific findings to inspire easy, lasting change that may add years to your life.

Buettner’s colossal research effort, funded in part by the National Institute on Aging, has taken him from Costa Rica to Italy to Japan and beyond. In the societies he visits, it’s no coincidence that the way people interact with each other, shed stress, nourish their bodies, and view their world yields more good years of life. You’ll meet a 94-year-old farmer and self-confessed “ladies man” in Costa Rica, an 102-year-old grandmother in Okinawa, a 102-year-old Sardinian who hikes at least six miles a day, and others. By observing their lifestyles, Buettner’s teams have identified critical everyday choices that correspond with the cutting edge of longevity research and distilled them into a few simple but powerful habits that anyone can embrace. (From the publisher)

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