National Geographic fellow Dan Buettner discovered that the longest-lived people live in surroundings that make healthy choices easier. He calls these areas Blue Zones, and realized that each community adhered to a set of 9 principles, which he calls the Power 9. Find out how the Power 9 can improve your life by joining Dan on February 21 for the Blue Zones Project Kick-Off Event.
Stress leads to chronic inflammation, associated with every major age-related disease. What the world’s longest-lived people have that we don’t are routines to shed that stress. Okinawans take a few moments each day to remember their ancestors, Adventists pray, Ikarians take a nap and Sardinians do happy hour. Reverse disease by finding a stress-relieving strategy that works for you.
“Hara hachi bu” -- the Okinawan, 2500-year old Confucian mantra said before meals reminds them to stop eating when their 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. Remember to eat mindfully and stop when 80% full.
Join Dan Buettner and Mayor Betsy Price on Saturday, February 21 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center to help kick off the Blue Zones Project, a community-wide well-being improvement initiative to help make healthy choices easier for everyone in Fort Worth. Register now!
Invest time with family to add up to six years to your life. This means keeping aging parents and grandparents nearby or in your home (it lowers disease and mortality rates of children in the home too), committing to a life partner (which can add up to 3 years of life expectancy) and investing in children with time and love (they’ll be more likely to care for you when the time comes).
The world’s longest lived people chose social circles that supported healthy behaviors. Research from the Framingham Studies shows that smoking, obesity, happiness, and even loneliness are contagious. So the social networks of long-lived people have favorably shaped their health behaviors. Surround yourself with people who support you and positive behaviors