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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Mar 23, 2021

The desire for longevity is intrinsically tied to human nature. The quest for a healthier, extended life can be seen in Ponce de Leon’s search for the Fountain of Youth in the 16th century, and more recently, through greater advocacy for diets rich in antioxidants and free from harmful fats. In Blue Zones, National Geographic fellow Dan Buettner submerges the reader into five distinct “fountains of youth” across the globe. These Blue Zones refer to regions of the world where residents live longer than most of the world’s population, displaying impressive quality of health. With vivid anecdotes, Buettner describes the unique traits and ecosystems of Loma Linda, California; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Sardinia, Italy; Icaria, Greece; and Okinawa, Japan. As the narrative continues, he reveals the wisdom gleaned from visits to these regions—tips to live a longer life. Throughout, the reader learns how to implement these insights into their everyday routines. Blue Zones is an insightful study for all. At times it appeals to our inner wanderlust with its charming discussions of day-to-day life on the beautiful island of Sardinia and the sunny suburbs of Southern California. At others, it reads like a poignant memoir that captures the perspectives of diverse groups. And all the while, it stirs a conviction for proactive behavior to improve our nutrition, lifestyle, and mindset. Dan Buettner combines his journalistic prowess with a wonderful combination of ethos, pathos, and logos to illustrate the Blue Zone lifestyle. Whether as part of a classroom study or a book club discussion, Blue Zones is sure to enchant, inform, and inspire.

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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