The Importance Of Blue Zones

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In the video, “How to Live 100+,” Dan Buettner claims to have found a formula for longevity. He teamed up with National Geographic and the National Institute on Aging to find areas where people were living longer than the national average. These places are called Blue Zones and are located all around the world. People are living such long lives in these Blue Zones because they have made simple lifestyle changes. In America, the odds of someone living to be 100 years old are very slim because Americans have not fully embraced these types of lifestyle changes. America can easily adopt some of the Blue Zone lifestyle changes such as including physical activity throughout the day, but will struggle to adopt others such as changing our eating …show more content…
With this type of lifestyle, parents arrive home late and dinners are typically not cooked from scratch, but rather, are picked up on the way home or thrown together quickly. Households with children must deal with even more issues such as after school activities, daily homework, sporting events, and other social events which contributes to an unhealthy lifestyle due to lack of time. However, in my opinion, my community can adopt at least some of the habits practiced by Blue Zones, such as including physical activity throughout the day. For example, parents can take the stairs instead of the elevators while at work or they can take a long walk at lunch instead of sitting at their computers. Kids can get involved in a school sport or go outside and play right after school. Physical activity is a great way to stay healthy and can lead to longevity. Buettner explains that of the Blue Zones studied, none of those people exercise. Instead of doing exercise, they incorporate physical activity into their everyday life. Buettner himself writes, “They set up their lives so that they are constantly nudged into physical activity.” By changing the way they live their everyday life, they prolong their life …show more content…
Buettner compared the Unites States to Okinawa, one of the studied Blue Zones, and explained that if Americans were to eat healthier and greener, we would achieve longevity. Further, he explained that we should adopt “a plant-based diet, full of vegetables with lots of color in them.” In my opinion, eating healthier would be a hard habit for my community, and Americans as a whole, to adopt. Recent studies have shown that America is considered one of the most obese countries in the entire world. Eating greener and healthier foods may be challenging for those who are so accustomed to eating unhealthy. Americans tend to prefer the rich flavored foods such as burgers, french fries, and pizza to the more bland foods such as lettuce and tofu. Further, in Buettner’s lecture, he refers to the Framingham studies and agrees that having overweight friends can lead to you being overweight, which I am in disagreement. Buettner writes, “Your friends are long-term adventures, and therefore, perhaps the most significant thing you can do to add more years to your life, and life to your years.” In making this comment, Buettner urges us to be friends with healthier people, for the reason that having overweight friends will make you overweight as well. I do not believe this habit is very likely to happen in my community. I know

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