Tips For Living A Long And Healthy Life From The World's "Blue Zones".

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Dan Buettner is an American explorer, author, educator and public speaker. He also holds three world records in endurance biking, and it was on these biking trips that he became interested in the demographics and longevity of the people he encountered. It was then that he began his exploration of blue zones.

Blue zones are areas of the world where people reach the age of 100 at rates 10 times greater than those in the United States. In 2004, he partnered with National Geographic and some of the world's best in longevity research to find the areas of the world where people live longer. After identifying five areas, Buettner and National Geographic took the study a step further in order to determine lifestyle characteristics that explain longevity. They found nine consistent characteristics, which they named the Power Nine principles). In 2009, he partnered with AARP and the United Health Foundation to apply the Power Nine principles to the city population of Albert Lea, Minnesota.

The study showed that after just one year, participants increased their average lifespan by 2.9 years, while healthcare claims for those in the study dropped 49 percent. They are now applying this same concept across the country with blue zones in many cities and businesses.