Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Blue Zone


The "Blue Zone": it sounds like a place to drink absinthe or something from the world of science fiction and fantasy, but it is a term related to longevity. Blue Zones are places in the world where people have a higher chance of reaching a healthy age 90 and beyond. Scientists have identified Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Loma Linda, California and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica as Blue Zones. I first read a snippet about blue zones in an AARP magazine.

My mother lives in the Northeast and she will be 90 soon. All things considered, she is still pretty spry. I am hoping to follow in her footsteps. Guess I need to read The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner. We have 15 copies on order @ HCPL, with 22 holds at this time. From what I've heard, there are a lot of common sense factors involved: exercise, eating less meat, alcohol in moderation, a positive outlook, etc. You can create your own "blue zone"; you do not have to move to the Mediterranean, much as many of us might like to...

For more about this phenomenon, see Blue Zones.com and this AARP story by Dan Buettner.

photo: "Blue Salvage" by KAO

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