CNN broadcast a story featuring “Blue Zones” author, Dan Buettner and explored the Greek island of Ikaria (aka The island where people forget to die).
I have been following Dan Buettner and his work ever since I saw him featured on “Oprah” years ago.
If you are unfamiliar with “Blue Zones” they are places where people live longer and those years are not spent in nursing homes, but are active, social, healthy and happy.
Thanks to squirrelly winds and no natural port, modern life had pretty much sailed on by this place. Meanwhile, its residents were outliving other Greeks, Europeans and Americans by almost a decade.
But social media, flat screen TVs and junk food were steadily creeping into this wonderful place, and some locals were worried that this generation of centenarians would be the last to live so long, so well.
“Life expectancy in America is about 79,” Dan told me over Greek wine, with a sweeping view of the azure Adriatic. “We should be able to live to 92. Somewhere along the line, we’re leaving 13 years on the table. So my quest is — how do we get those extra 13 years? And how do we make those extra 13 years, good years?”
Many in medical science believe that only 25% of your longevity is determined by your genetics. They think the other 75% comes down to how and where you live.
So last summer, we spent several magical days on Ikaria and saw firsthand the lifestyle secrets of 80- and 90-year-olds who experience Alzheimer’s and dementia at a rate one-fifth of America’s.
What is their secret?
Here is a great short video on Ikaria, Greece which details some of their secrets to longer, healthier and happier life.
If you are interested in learning more about Dan Buettner and Blue Zones, you can pick up his book here:
He also has a new book out about eating the Blue Zones way. You can get that here:
Here’s to living a happier, healthier and more abundant life!