Dan Buettner

Dan BuettnerNew York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner has delivered the secrets to living longer to over 250 audiences nationwide. Using National Geographic photography, he tells the stories of four of the world’s longest-lived cultures and offers nine habits for people to get up to 10 extra good years out of life.

The Blue Zone is Dan Buettner’s methodology to identify the optimal lifestyle of longevity. What is the optimal lifestyle of longevity? Does it involve diets? supplements? exercise programs? Should you be eating organic, free range chicken or tofu? And what about physical activity? Should you be running marathons or doing yoga?

To answer these questions, Dan Buettner teamed up National Geographic and hired the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people are living measurably better. In these Blue Zones, he found people who reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States, where people suffer a fraction of the rate of heart disease and cancer than Americans do, and where people are getting an extra 10 years.

Then, Buettner took teams of scientists to each location who know how to identify lifestyle characteristics that may explain longevity. In Sardinia, Italy he found a wine with the world’s highest-known levels of antioxidants; in Ikaria, Greece he discovered ancient herbal teas that lower blood pressure. On the other side of the planet, he found an island where purpose and mutual support networks called Moai explain an extra half dozen years of life. In Nicoya, Costa Rica, it’s the meso-American diet of beans, squash and a special corn tortilla that is propelling people into their 90’s at rates 4 times greater than in the US. Finally, among Loma Linda’s Seventh Day Adventists, Buettner found America’s longest-lived culture. They’re living about an extra decade longer than the rest of us. How? Part of the reason comes from a diet inspired from the Bible: Genesis, Chapter 1, vs 29.

For the first time in living history, the life expectancy of our children is projected to drop. As a nation we’re getting fatter every year. Diabetes is on the rise. Is this because Americans are less disciplined? Have we undergone a moral degeneration or are we somehow inferior to previous generations? Dan Buettner doesn’t think so. He believes that we are products of our environment. Every day, hundreds of marketing messages rinse over our psyches- many of them encouraging us to eat things that aren’t good for us. Machines have engineered physical activity out of lives and networked electronics are replacing face-to-face human contact. We live in environments of sickness.

Dan Buettner’s key to getting the extra 10 years we’re missing: follow the lessons from world’s longest-lived people and create environments of health.

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Blue Zones: Secrets of a Long Life
World renowned explorer and National Geographic writer, Dan Buettner, and his team of researchers have traveled across the globe to discover Blue Zones — hotspots of human health and vitality.

Along the way he’s met people teeming with vigor at age 100 and beyond. These healthiest, longest-lived people have shared their secrets with Dan and he’s passing on those secrets. Dan and his team of top demographers, scientists and physicians have studied the elders’ diet, lifestyle and culture to create a cross-cultural blueprint for living longer that they will share with you. “We know there’s a recipe for longevity and that 75 percent is related to lifestyle,” he says. “And we’re figuring it out.”

His presentation incorporates National Geographic images that will take audiences into the world’s four Blue Zones, tell stories and instruct how to get more life from your years and more years from your life. The presentation ends with a simple formula that shares how you could add up to eight good years to your life.

Unlocking the Secrets of Happiness
Science shows that where we live–not education, marital status or wealth– is the biggest, controllable factor that determines our happiness. So where should we live? a tropical island? Paris? Las Vegas? It’s not where you think.

Working with Gallup, The World Values Survey and the World Data Base on Happiness, Dan and his team found the three pockets around the world where people report the highest level of well-being–or happiness. Then, on assignment for National Geographic, he researched each of these hotspots and distilled down the common denominators in each place. What can governments do to maximize the well-being of their citizens? And more importantly, what can we do as individuals to stack the deck in our favor to maximize happiness?

His presentation incorporates National Geographic photographs and short video clips. It transports audiences to places around the globe where people are living happy and meaningful lives. It offers universal strategies on how to best achieve that life balance we all seek.

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