The Blue Zone

The Blue Zone

Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest

Book - 2008
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A New York Times Bestseller!

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 the Blue 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.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781426202742
Branch Call Number: 613.2 Bue
Characteristics: xxiv, 277 pages : illustrations


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Apr 03, 2017

An interesting book, but not great. Analysis of the various concepts presented is quite basic, and likely wouldn't hold up to much scrutiny.

Oct 21, 2015

Really, really fascinating

PimaLib_SheilaB Oct 07, 2015

Fascinating! Author Dan Buettner takes us around the world with an interesting report on centenarians who he interviewed with a team of scientists. Then, he compares the groups to find similarities. Next, he presents a challenge to readers about ways they can change. A must read if you are interested in your health! See his twitter for addditional tips:

lee3 Jun 28, 2013

Well researched interesting book. Dan Buettner writes in a very studied yet human style. Easy to read with many great points to ponder on aging and what makes for a quality life.

Feb 14, 2010

High on anecdotes, low on actual hard science. Not horrible, but not great either; just okay.

Oct 20, 2009

This was a very interesting and informative book.

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