Employing a vast amount of data, Blue Zones® researchers and scientists have identified places around the world where people live longer and know how to be happier than the rest of us.
The Islands of Okinawa, Japan
While Okinawans do suffer from diseases that kill Americans, they experience them at far lower rates: a fifth the rate of cardiovascular disease, a fourth the rate of breast and prostate cancer, and one-third the rate of dementia.
In summer 2011, researchers confirmed the mountainous village of Villagrande Strisalli as having the highest concentration of male centenarians in the world. Perhaps the most important longevity secret is found in the outlook of its people. Their caustic sense of humor helps them shed stress, and their devotion to family provides invaluable support.
Loma Linda, California
For the past half-century, members of the Seventh Day Adventist community in Loma Linda, whose faith endorses healthy living, leads the nation in the longest life expectancy. They are vegetarians. They eat frequent servings of nuts. They eschew alcohol. They eat an early, light dinner, and focus on the Sabbath every week when they devote time to their faith and family.
Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
A Costa Rican man at age 60 has about twice the chance of reaching age 90 as does a man living in the United States, France, or even Japan. Costa Rica spends only 15 percent of what America does on health care, yet its people appear to be living longer, seemingly healthier lives than people in any other country on Earth.
Ikaria has the highest percentage of 90 year-olds on the planet - nearly 1 out of 3 people make it to their 90s. Furthermore, Ikarians have about 20 percent lower rates of cancer, 50 percent lower rates of heart disease and almost no dementia.
WHAT IS A BLUE ZONE COMMUNITY?Blue Zones Community is a model for transforming communities so that the people who live in them can more easily adopt behaviors that help them to live longer, better.
Rather than asking people to increase their will power A Blue zone community seeks to improve environments. Little changes to your home, work, school, social, physical, and policy environments can make healthy choices the easy choices so that well-being improves naturally. Follow "Running Pleasant Hill" as we work together to paint our town, Pleasant Hill, blue.