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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer

The Blue Zone:
Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest

by Dan Buettner
National Geographic (2008)

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve enjoyed reading health books more and more. 
Blue Zone is one that’s a little different than the typical “how to”
suggestion books.  This one is much more fun.

Remarkable groups of people manage to achieve longevity, naturally,
enjoying longer life spans while remaining active and vital well into
their 80’s, 90’s and 100’s.  These people can be found in the world’s
“blue zones.”  Blue zones are extraordinarily long-lived communities where
common elements of lifestyle, diet and outlook add to the quantity and
quality of life.

Concentrating on the 4 blue zones of Sardinia, Okinawa, Loma Linda,
California and Costa Rica.  Buettner goes to lengths to bring out the
commonness and humanness of those he interviews.  He seems to capture the
realness of everyday lives and offers insights into why these folks live
longer and stay healthy.

Blue Zone is very pleasant reading, laid out well with photos and key fact
boxes.  I like most of his examples of individuals, and I appreciated
their excitement about life while getting older.

Your personal blue zone ends this story with lessons the author learned
from his studies with practically  presented insights.  The book concludes
with the message that the choice is ours whether or not to  incorporate
these proven lifestyles ways into our own.