MWT – What If ? “Blue Zones”

Dan Buettner: is a National Geographic writer and explorer who studies the world’s longest-lived peoples. He is an author, educator, and public speaker and holds three world records for endurance bicycling. He was recently honored by PBS’s Next Avenue as one of the 2015 influencers in Aging..

Buettner’s research into the longevity hotspots around the world led him to determine that good health is better achieved through changes in environment rather than mere reliance on individual willpower. He believes that a strong sense of community and purpose is critical to overall health. His book, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, shows how individuals and societies can engineer the best environments for happier, healthier and longer lives.

Links,Thoughts, & Questions for Discussion
• Buettner on Twitter
• What are some reasons individual lifestyle change alone may not help?
• How can we better implement some of these environmental factors in American society?
• Fact hint: Most of us spend 80% of our lives within a 20 mile radius.
• How can we make active options easier in America?
• Can/does policy help?
• Obesity rates in U.S. finally dropping. Why?
• What about happiness?
• “The effect of unhappiness on your body is about as bad for you as a smoking habit.”
• What are some examples of non-traditional “faith based communities” ?
9 Secrets – Dan Buettner
• Dan Buettner at TED MED: What if it’s the environment stupid?
Blue Zone City Projects
National Geographic Interview

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