Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Blue Zones and the fountain of youth

Foutain of youth: Red wine, walking, friends, fish, nuts, and veggies? Sounds good to me!

I saw Dr. Oz on Oprah talking about Blue Zones which are places that people are happiest and healthiest on this earth. I also picked up the book Blue Zones by Dan Buetner and was intrigued on what made people most happy and healthy.

Here is the website where you can get a username and take a free and quick quiz called The Vitality Compass.

Author Dan Buettner writes, In my book, The Blue Zones, I reveal the secrets of the Power9: the nine common denominators that all of the world’s longevity all-stars share. Here at, we've organized these behaviors into four main categories:

Move Naturally – Make your home, community and workplace present you with natural ways to move. Focus on activities you love, like gardening, walking and playing with your family.

Right Outlook – Know and be able to articulate your sense of purpose, and ensure your day is punctuated with periods of calm.

Eat Wisely – Instead of groping from fad diet to fad diets, use time-honored strategies for eating 20% less at meals. Avoid meat and processed food and drink a couple of glasses of wine daily.

Belong to the Right Tribe – Surround yourself with the right people, make the effort to connect or reconnect with your religion and put loved ones first.

This may all sound too simple, but the payoff is huge. The average American could live up to 14 more good years by putting these habits to work.

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To help you model your habits after the Blue Zones centenarians, we’ve created several tools, beginning with Vitality Compass

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