Dan Buettner, author of “The Blue Zones Solution” has traveled the world, studying its many “blue zones”. Blue zones are areas of the world where people reach the age of 100 at rates 10 times greater than those in the United States. In these regions the local population enjoys exceptionally long average lifespans.
In 2004, Dan Buettner partnered with National Geographic and some of the world’s best in longevity research to find the areas of the world where people live longer. After identifying five areas, Buettner and National Geographic took the study a step further in order to determine lifestyle characteristics that explain longevity. They found nine consistent characteristics, which they named the Power Nine principles). They also have identified key aspects and common denominators between these populations’ diets, such as eating “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.”
About Dan Buettner
Dan Buettner is an American explorer, educator, author and public speaker. He also co-produced a documentary and holds three world records for endurance bicycling. He is the founder of the online Quest Network, Inc., which provides opportunities for students to interactively engage with explorers on expedition. During his bicycling trips, Buettner became interested in demographics and longevity and began his research into “blue zones”, a term for the regions on Earth with the longest life expectancy, disability-free life expectancy, or concentration of persons over 100. He began investigating these “blue zones” with physicians and demographers, and has authored several books on the topic. His latest is The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People.
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