There are pockets in the world where people live measurably longer better. In these “Blue Zones,” researchers found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States. After identifying five of the world’s Blue Zones, Dan Buettner and National Geographic took teams of scientists to each location to identify lifestyle characteristics that might explain longevity. They found that the lifestyles of all Blue Zones residents shared nine specific characteristics. Buettner’s book, The Blue Zones, hit the New York Times best-seller list. In 2009 Blue Zones applied the Power 9 principles to Albert Lea, MN. After just one year, participants added an estimated 2.9 years to their average lifespan while healthcare claims for city workers dropped 49%.
We host this symposium in memory of a beloved geriatrician who wanted older adults to live longer better. You will learn about Blue Zones and about how Rochester can apply the Power9 principles.
Speaker is Amy Tomczyk, director of Outreach & Education, Blue Zones
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