New York Times Bestselling Author, Dan Buettner, presents Blue Zones: The Secrets of a Long Life

Published: Jul. 30, 2015 at 9:55 PM MDT
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New York Times bestselling author and National Geographic fellow, Dan Buettner, presented Blue Zones: The Secrets of a Long Life at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge.

Buettner is one of St. Luke's Wood River Foundation's featured Health and Wellness Speakers for 2015.

He was part of the Blue Zone Project, a 10 year National Geographic effort to find parts of the world where people live the longest.

In these areas defined as "Blue Zones,” people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States.

"The cornerstone of every longevity diet is the bean. They eat about a cup of beans a day. If the average American could eat about a cup of beans a day, my team calculates it would add about 4 years of life expectancy," said Dan Buettner, bestselling author.

According to Buettner, one of the biggest things you can do to stay healthy is to have a purpose in life.

He says if there's something you're passionate about, chances are you'll want to make those healthy choices... to keep on living.