Nicoya, Costa Rica

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National Geographic, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 277 pages
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A New York Times Bestseller!

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.

Buettner’s colossal research effort, funded in part by the National Institute on Aging, has taken him from Costa Rica to Italy to Japan and beyond. In the societies he visits, it’s no coincidence that the way people interact with each other, shed stress, nourish their bodies, and view their world yields more good years of life. You’ll meet a 94-year-old farmer and self-confessed "ladies man" in Costa Rica, an 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 teams have identified critical everyday choices that correspond with the cutting edge of longevity research—and distilled them into a few simple but powerful habits that anyone can embrace.

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Review: The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest

User Review  - Nicholas Piva - Goodreads

Blue Zones is about the concept of longevity and how it comes to be. The questions being answered: is it purely genes, or does lifestyle have to do with it. The term “blue zones”, means places of high ... Read full review

Review: The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest

User Review  - Brenda - Goodreads

I think there were three big take aways from this book. Though the eating habits in the "Blue Zones" were diverse (no strict Mediterranean diet, or any fad diet necessary to live a long, healthy life ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Explorer, a writer, and the founder of Quest Network, Inc. His 2005 cover story for National Geographic magazine, "Secrets of Living Longer," was a finalist for the National Magazine Award. He has appeared on CNN, David Letterman, Good Morning America, Primetime Live, and the Today Show to discuss his Blue Zone research and has delivered more than 500 keynote speeches over the last 10 years.

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