Recent Blogs

Blue Zones Diet: Food Secrets of the World’s Longest-Lived People

April 23, 2022

It starts with food choices. Most of the blue zones residents I’ve come to know have easy access to locally sourced fruits and vegetables—largely pesticide-free and organically raised. If not growing these food items in their own gardens, they have found places where they can purchase them, and more affordably than processed alternatives. They have […]

Creating a Blue Zones Retreat

April 11, 2022

A few weeks ago, while delivering a speech in Monterrey, Mexico, a researcher leaned over to me and said coyly, “With all the travel you do, your life sounds just as stressful as anyone else’s. Aren’t you supposed to be Mr. Blue Zones?” The answer is no, actually. I am able to keep a relatively […]

5 Easy Steps to Blue Zone Your 2017

April 7, 2022

For over a decade now, our team has studied the world’s longest-lived people. Their longevity has nothing to do with brute discipline, diets, exercise programs, or supplements. In blue zones areas around the world, longevity happens to people. It’s the result of the right environment that constantly nudges them into moving more, eating more plants […]

A Greek Island’s Ancient Secret to Avoiding Alzheimer’s

April 3, 2022

If you are living in America and you hit 85 years, there’s a high chance you have Alzheimer’s disease. On Ikaria, you have a less than 10 percent chance. People are staying sharp and healthy until the end. How Are Ikarians Avoiding Alzheimer’s Disease? They are going wild. Ikarians eat the strictest version of the […]

Secret to Longer Life is Low-Tech

March 23, 2022

Several longevity hotspots surfaced through my expeditions — the Barbagia region of Sardinia, Italy; Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica; and Loma Linda, California. People in these blue zones regions not just live longer, but they live better. Besides having a large number of centenarians, people in these areas remain active […]

The Blue Zones Solution: Secrets of the World’s Healthiest People – 9 Questions for Dan Buettner

March 17, 2022

1. Why did you write The Blue Zones Solution? The first Blue Zones book reveals the lessons from the world’s longest-lived people. This book takes the science a step farther to reveal what individuals can do in their own lives and communities. The first book was the “what” of longevity; Solutions is the “how.” 2. […]

Where are the Happiest Cities in America?

March 15, 2022

The Top 5 Happiest Cities in America: Boulder, CO Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA Charlottesville, VA Fort Collins, CO San Luis Obispo, CA What metrics are universal to the happiest places in the country? In the happiest places, residents have trust (in their police, neighbors, and local government); good walkability and people-friendly design (sidewalks and safe streets); […]

Why Diet and Exercise Don’t Work

March 13, 2022

What would you say to somebody who asks why the Blue Zones approach doesn’t necessarily incorporate what people think of when you think of fitness and health? Why isn’t Blue Zones doing CrossFit or weight loss pills and protein powders? Well, I take a cue from evolution. If you look at how humans have evolved […]

20 Habits For a Healthier, Happier Life

March 11, 2022

Instead of focusing on an outcome like “lose 20 pounds” or “exercise every day,” focus on acquiring life-enhancing new habits. We are creatures of habit and products of our surroundings, so optimizing our environments and routines will yield a much higher rate of success. Don’t try all of the things below at one time. Choose […]

100 Recipes to Live to 100 THE BLUE ZONES KITCHEN

The Blue Zones Kitchen fuses scientific reporting, National Geographic photography and 100 recipes that may help you live to 100. The Blue Zones’ food tradition is going the way of the dodo bird, thanks to the encroachment of the American Food Culture.

The Blue Zones Kitchen