Background: Dan Buettner, Blue Zone founder, is a National Geographic Fellow and multiple New York Times bestselling author. He has discovered five places in the world – dubbed blue zones – where people live the longest, and are healthiest: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California. Buettner has established 51 Blue Zone communities including the USA and Canada.
Goal: What if generations of people could live longer, healthier, happier lives? What if it wasn’t so hard to do because their surroundings made it easy? Leveraging secrets discovered in blue zones regions around the world-rare longevity hotspots-Blue Zones Project is helping transform communities into areas where the healthy choice is easy and people live longer with a higher quality of life. The environment dictates the lifestyle of the world’s healthiest and longest-lived people. So instead of just focusing on individuals, Blue Zone focuses on the creation of sustainable, long-term changes in communities that affect the entire population and future generations. Dr. Harry Geisberg has begun to bring in Blue Zone presenters to educate and, perhaps, evaluate our community for their project. The Covid 19 pandemic has only intensified the need for community-wide wellness.
Blue Zone Results: Following 4 years of Blue Zone participation in Albert Lee, Minnesota the community walking and biking increased 80%. There was a 49% decrease in city workers' health care claims and the city reported 40% drop in health care cost. The citizens shed a combined 12,000 pounds by increasing walking 75 million more steps coupled with using a plant slanted diet regime. An increase of an average 3 years in life expectancy resulted. Since certification as a Blue Zone Community, Albert Lee has gained an additional $40 million in citywide grants.
Some books by Dan Buettner:
-The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People
-The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Power Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest
-Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zone Way
-https://www.ted.com/talks/dan buettner how to live to be 100
-Google Dan Buettner Sr.
To further enlighten and heighten our community interest, Blue Zone LLC is presenting a virtual meeting via Zoom January 12 at 8:30 am or January 14 at 1:30 pm. An additional group meeting for those persons who wish to pose questions an in-person meeting will be available at these same times. These meetings will take place at the Anderson Institute of Technology on 315 Pearman Dairy Road in Anderson. The meetings will be available for 40 persons following CDC guidelines.
Dr. Harry Geisberg graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1972. Dr. Geisberg practiced in Anderson, SC for 40 years as a Board-certified physician in Family Medicine. He retired in 2015. He and his wife, LaDonna, have lived in Anderson since 1975. He may be contacted at 864-314-9297 or Blue Zone IT Specialist, Jake Glover at 612-596-3600.