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

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

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by Dan Buettner
     
 

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Living a healthy, active life well into your 90s-and possibly your 100s-may be easier than you think. Award-winning author and researcher Dan Buettner has traveled the world to meet the planet's longest-lived people, and learned nine powerful yet simple lessons that could put you on the path to longer life. Where did he find them? In the Blue Zones.

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Living a healthy, active life well into your 90s-and possibly your 100s-may be easier than you think. Award-winning author and researcher Dan Buettner has traveled the world to meet the planet's longest-lived people, and learned nine powerful yet simple lessons that could put you on the path to longer life. Where did he find them? In the Blue Zones.

Editorial Reviews

Oprah Winfrey was so captivated by Dan Buettner's The Blue Zone that she devoted an entire hour-long show to the author's findings on longevity. It's easy to see why: The explorer/ documentarian's fascination with longevity led him to seek out the world's "blue zones," his term for the far-flung regions where people are likely to enjoy long, disability-free life expectancy. The Blue Zones can translate those lessons for readers wherever they live.
From the Publisher
“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.

The Blue Zone 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.

“This book gives you practical tips for living long and well—the essential components of lifestyles in those areas of the world where healthy aging is the rule. I recommend it.”
—Andrew Weil, M.D.

“After a lifetime in the health and beauty business, I had the feeling that I knew most everything about aging gracefully. Then along comes Blue Zones, which is a valuable guide to help us achieve longer healthier lives. Each engaging encounter reveals simple, healthy choices that everyone can incorporate into their lives no matter where they live. Thank you, Dan Buettner!”
—Cheryl Tiegs

 “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

Library Journal
In this 2008 title available for the first time on audio, Buettner (founder, Quest Network) draws from a National Institute on Aging study of four of the world's "blue zones"—Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, CA; and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica—where common elements of lifestyle, diet, and outlook result in high quality and length of life. Narrator Michael McConnohie's (www.michaelmcconnohie.com) well-paced, enunciated reading helps to guide listeners through this fascinating discussion of the latest thinking concerning health, happiness, and longevity, which should appeal to listeners/readers of self-help and would work well alongside similarly practical health-based titles, like Mehmet C. Oz and Michael F. Foizen's You: On a Diet. [The National Geographic hc was a New York Times best seller.—Ed.]—Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426202742
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
03/25/2008
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.04(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“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.

The Blue Zone 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.

“This book gives you practical tips for living long and well—the essential components of lifestyles in those areas of the world where healthy aging is the rule. I recommend it.”
—Andrew Weil, M.D.

“After a lifetime in the health and beauty business, I had the feeling that I knew most everything about aging gracefully. Then along comes Blue Zones, which is a valuable guide to help us achieve longer healthier lives. Each engaging encounter reveals simple, healthy choices that everyone can incorporate into their lives no matter where they live. Thank you, Dan Buettner!”
—Cheryl Tiegs

 “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

Meet the Author

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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dido_me More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading "The Blue Zones". For me it was educational and intriging. It was hard to put down and I looked forward to hopping back into bed and finding out how the Costa Ricans maintained longevity. I have no significant analytical evaluation to provide. I simply enjoyed the reading. I did try the wine that the Sardinians drank, Cannonau was the name. It was not my favorite. It was heavy, rich and dry. It gave me what I call the "shake down", similar to what a dog does when he gets out of the bath to shake off the water but without the intensity. A little was all I could handle. I will however recommend Ecco Domani Chianti wine. It tastes good and goes down light and smooth. It goes well with the reading. Buy the book, you will see!
BoulderQuince More than 1 year ago
After hearing an interview with the author on National Public Radio, I was intrigued enough to go out and buy a copy of The Blue Zones. The book is well written and organized so I was engaged as soon as I started reading. The story of each community and the characters highlighted are fascinating I appreciated the credibility and authenticity of the research collected, over seven years, by a team of scientists and physicians funded by National Geographic. My family happened to be on vacation in Costa Rica when I gave the book to my husband to read. When he was done he announced he was ready to eat a plant based, unrefined diet with fish as an occasional condiment. If you're looking for a way to live a long life, content and disease free, then Blue Zones is good place to start.
Ausonius More than 1 year ago
Barbagia, a part of Northwest Sardinia's Ogliastra district, begets contented, admired 100-year olds as few other places on Earth. There are several speculative reasons why. The landscape is steep and not ultra-productive. What was the obvious profession? Shepherding. "The work was neither stressful nor strenuous, but it did require miles and miles of walking a day. " (p. 60) Today's centenarian shepherds suffer fewer than half the fractures of their age mates in other parts of the island. Application to 21st Century Americans who want to live longer? "Walking five miles a day or more pdrovides the type of low-intensity exercise that yields all the cardiovascular benefits you might expect, but it also has a positive effect on muscles and bones -- without the joint-pounding damage caused by running marathons or triathlons." (p. 60) So, Americans, walk like a Sardinian shepherd. Burn 490 calories per hour. Forget the sheep. Forget any loneliness of the long distance runner. Adapt the ideas you for longevity from Sardinia. These also include drinking two liters (!) a day of Sardinia's famous dry red wine called Cannonau. *** Similar tales of long, happy living are told by author Dan Buettner of rare centenarian rich "blue zones" in Costa Rica, Okinawa and Loma Linda, California (where Seventh-day Adventists cluster around their famous university and health research center). Buettner tells their stories in THE BLUE ZONES: LESSONS FOR LIVING LONGER FROM THE PEOPLE WHO'VE LIVED THE LONGEST (2008). For seven years National Geographic magazine sponsored Buettner and various cameramen and scientific specialists he assembled as they studied latter-day fountains if not of eternal youth, at least of graceful, happy, low-stress aging. *** Some oldsters surveyed drank goat milk, others wine. Some were shepherds. Some were gardeners. Some lived under the same roof or close to four more generations of descendants. Some lived in an Adventist retirement community replete with family-oriented Sabbaths, weights and stationary exercise bikes. All had a zest for living, lived to help others, and not just their great grandchildren. From their widely scattered lives and different life styles, Dan Buettner in THE BLUE ZONES draws nine general cross-cultural conclusions on how to live long, healthy lives. You are urged to pick the easiest ones first and spend seven to 12 weeks forming the new habits that make each one effective. Practices commended range from eating more nuts, drinking a glass or two of red wine daily, and going to church at least once a month, through writing your own personal mission statement, to cutting back on eating meat. *** The book is an easy, fairly convincing read. Its one glaring blunder is absence of maps. The author describes four widely separated areas of the world. He brings their denizens to three-dimensional life through words and black and white photos. He strews informational side bars throughout the book. He devotes a page to "Illustration Credits." Yet he can't make room for four maps! The book is inspirational and will no doubt be followed by more books by Buetner or others discovering, probing and drawing applications from more and more Blue Zones on our globe. Buettner's book is a good first word. I predict, however, that it will soon be eclipsed by others still to come and will not be a permanent addition to many libraries. -OOO-
wilderness_to_city More than 1 year ago
Recently, while attending a conference in San Diego, I had the opportunity to hear Dan Buettner speak regarding his book, Blue Zones. His presentation was inspiring and affirming. When I returned home I ran right out to get the book. Buettner tells a great story about his travels as part of a National Geographic team researching areas around the globe that have in them an unusually high number of people over 100 years of age. Their quest? To see if there are any commonalities between the places visited that could suggest a recipe for living a long, healthy and happy life. Blue Zones has a great narrative quality to it, as well as practical advice for improving quality of life and longevity. Interviews with centenarians, people over 100 years of age, are inspiring to say the least. There is also culture and history to be enjoyed in Blue Zones, as Buettner visits places like Sardinia, Costa Rica, Okinawa and Southern California. It's tough to put it down; but giving oneself time to reflect will make it all the more meaningful and powerful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After having a kidney and tumor removed because of cancer I wanted to change a lot in my life. Blue Zone gave me a blue print on the changes in my life that needed to be made. I loved it, very inspiring.
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I had read all the National Geographic research this originally was in. It is so interesting. I made a book of the Nat.Geo. pages from two different issues and a Time Mag. presentatin. Now it is altogether in one book. Can hardlyh wait to begin reading this book with everything in one volume. Thank you for the prompt filling of my order.
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Ahimsa76 More than 1 year ago
The reasearch and culurally diverse study put into this book...make it a must read for personal, community, and political planners. Chapter summaries are great for use in memory refreshment and integration.
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