By: Mission Healthy Living
July 30, 2019
If you read our recent eBook on healthy aging, you probably want to know more about how to stay healthier and live longer. Here’s what one author thinks we can learn from the regions of the world where people often live past 100 years.
In 2005, Dan Buettner and a team of demographers, scientists and anthropologists identified five locations around the world with a high concentration of residents showing longer-than-average lifespans. Dubbed “blue zones” by Buettner, the regions included Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California.
The common characteristics among the people in these regions were:
- Family put ahead of other concerns
- Less smoking
- Plant-based diets, with legumes being a common staple
- Physical activity built into everyday life
- Active engagement in the community
It’s reassuring that several of these observations fall in line with government nutrition and health recommendations. In addition, these characteristics are attainable wherever you live.
You can learn more about healthy aging and longevity on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website.