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

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National Geographic Books, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 288 pages
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In this expanded paperback edition of his New York Times bestseller, longevity expert†Dan Buettner draws on his research from extraordinarily long-lived communities--Blue†Zones--around the globe to highlight the lifestyle, diet, outlook, and stress-coping practices†that will add years to your life and life to your years.

A long healthy life is no accident. It begins with good genes, but it also depends on good habits. If you adopt the right lifestyle,†experts say, chances are you may live up to a decade longer. So what's the formula for success? National Geographic Explorer†Dan Buettner has lead teams of researchers across the globe to uncover the secrets of Blue Zones--geographic regions where high†percentages of centenarians are enjoying remarkably long, full lives.

The recipe for longevity, Buettner has found, is deeply intertwined with community, lifestyle, and spirituality. You won't find†longevity in a bottle of diet pills or with hormone therapy. You'll find it by embracing a few simple but powerful habits, and by†creating the right community around yourself. In The Blue Zone, Buettner has blended his lifestyle formula with the latest longevity†research to inspire lasting behavioral change and add years to your life.

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User Review  - Schmerguls - LibraryThing

I read the second editon of this book, which was published in 2012. The author, a writer for National Geographic, tells of his visits to Sardinia, Okinawa, Loma Linda, CA, Costa Rica, and the island ... Read full review

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User Review  - jbarr5 - LibraryThing

The blue zones: 9 lessons for living longer from the people who've lived the longest by Dan Buettner Stories of the different areas worldwide and strategies of how the people live with excellent ... Read full review


The Blue Zone in Okinawa
An American Blue Zone II 7
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Your Personal Blue Zone
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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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