Gainesville, Hall County, GA

Living in the Blue Zone

Living in the Blue Zone  
These 9 Power Approaches
help you live longer and better: 

1. Move Naturally

The world’s longest-lived people live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without thinking about it.

2. Purpose

Why I wake up in the morning – Knowing your sense of purpose is worth up to seven years of extra life expectancy.

3. Down Shift

Stress leads to chronic inflammation, associated with every major age-related disease. We need routines to shed that stress.

4. 80% Rule

Stop eating when your stomachs are 80 percent full. The 20% gap between not being hungry and feeling full could be the difference between losing weight or gaining it.

5. Plant Slant

Beans, including fava, black, soy and lentils, are the cornerstones of most centenarian diets. Meat is eaten on average five times per month.

6. Wine @ 5

People can drink alcohol moderately and regularly. Moderate drinkers outlive non-drinkers. The trick is to drink 1-2 glasses per day with friends and/or with food. And no, you can’t save up all weekend and have 14 drinks on Saturday. 

7. Belong

Belong to some faith-based community. Denomination doesn’t seem to matter. Research shows that attending faith-based services four times per month will add 4-14 years of life expectancy.

8. Loved Ones

Put families first. This means keeping aging parents and grandparents nearby, commit to a life partner (which can add up to 3 years of life expectancy) and invest in their children with time and love.

9. Right Tribe

The world’s longest lived people chose–or were born into–social circles that supported healthy behaviors. The social networks of long-lived people have favorably shaped their health behaviors. 

at the Blue Zone Community Summit


The Blue Zone Community Summit, held in April 2016, was a success thanks to these sponsors!