The Blue Zones
Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest
By Dan Buettner
(National Geographic, Paperback, 9781426204005, 320pp.)
Publication Date: April 21, 2009
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.
You’ll meet a 94-year-old farmer and self-confessed "ladies man" in Costa Rica, a 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 team has identified critical everyday choices.
Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Explorer, the writer of numerous articles on longevity, the founder of Quest Network, Inc., and a producer of more than a dozen interactive expeditions. His cover story for National Geographic magazine, "Secrets of Living Longer," was a finalist for the National Magazine Award.
"The Blue Zones is one of the most important and engaging stories you will ever read! With Dan Buettner as your intrepid narrator, you will visit locations where people are living the longest, healthiest lives anywhere on the planet. More importantly, you will learn how to immediately incorporate those lessons from faraway places into your very own life. When I hosted the documentary Chasing Life, Dan Buettner was the man we looked to for advice. Now, you have all of it at your fingertips. Inside: the secret to a long life."Sanjay Gupta, M.D.
"Eat less. Make family a priority. Banish stress. I figured it should be no problem to follow most of the common-sense tips that Dan Buettner outlines in The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest."New York Times
"A must-read if you want to stay young! Buettner teaches us the secrets of the world's longest-lived cultures and how they can turn back your biological clock."Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.
"This book gives you practical tips for living long and wellthe essential components of lifestyles in those areas of the world where healthy aging is the rule. I recommend it."Andrew Weil, M.D.
"Dan Buettner takes us on a journey to explore the secrets of longevity and in so doing introduces us to a world of joy in aging...at 91, this is very good news!"Walter Cronkite.