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Mindless Exercise: Live to 100 Without Even Trying

Posted on February, 18 by Sam Skemp


Brought to you by GreenPal In 17 American cities, we’re recreating Blue Zones by helping put physical activity back into people’s lives. We’re not going to solve America’s obesity epidemic with exercise. The average American only burns 100 calories per day engaged in exercise. The key to losing weight and staying young is to engineer back in all the calories that modern conveniences have cut out of our lives.   Here’s a list of common… Read More →

9 Questions for Mayim Bialik

Posted on February, 5 by Zosha Winegar-Schultz

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Mayim Hoya Bialik is an Emmy award-nominated actress currently seen starring on the “The Big Bang Theory”, where she plays the role of Amy Farrah Fowler (a role for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2012 and 2013 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Category). Bialik received her B.S. in Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies from UCLA in 2000 and earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2007 from UCLA. She is a… Read More →

9 Questions for Nataly Kogan

Posted on January, 21 by Zosha Winegar-Schultz

Nataly Kogan is the co-founder and CEO of Happier, a leading life improvement platform  led by wellness and lifestyle. Nataly immigrated to the US with her family when she was 13 years old and learned first hand that it’s possible to find small happy moments in even the most difficult of circumstances. A busy working mom always finding new ways to juggle, Nataly is on a mission to inspire millions of people to stop saying… Read More →

9 Blue Zones Lessons For Slowing Down

Posted on September, 16 by Sam Skemp

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Every year a new technology provides us a way to make our lives more efficient yet somehow, our lives just keep getting busier and busier.  Imagine life in 1993: If you wanted to send a message to a friend you had to write it by hand, address and envelope and wait THREE DAYS for the Post Office to deliver it.   If wanted to know what’s playing at a local theater, you had to go… Read More →

Blue Zones Project and Walkability Expert Dan Burden

Posted on March, 19 by Amelia Clabots


Civic visionary and walkability expert Dan Burden teams up with Dan Buettner and the Blue Zones Project™ in Iowa to work with the community on how best to optimize their environment. Burden provides an opportunity for all citizens to take a broader look at their surroundings and really focus on the areas where change can most benefit their health and well-being. Learn more about the Blue Zones Project in Iowa>> Read More →

Blue Zones Project in Iowa – A Community Well-Being Improvement Initiative

Posted on March, 1 by Amelia Clabots


The State of Iowa takes the first major step in creating a healthier community for all of its citizens and becoming a national leader in well-being improvement by implementing the Blue Zones Project™. In ten communities throughout the State residents will commit to change their environment, policy and social networks to increase their health, well-being and longevity. Read More →

Six More Demonstration Sites Named in Iowa

Posted on January, 30 by Amy Tomczyk


On January 30, 2013, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Zones and Healthways announced six additional communities as Blue Zones Project™ demonstration sites in Iowa. The communities are: Cedar Rapids Muscatine Iowa City Oskaloosa Marion Sioux City   These communities join Cedar Falls, Mason City, Spencer and Waterloo which were named in May 2012 as the first Blue Zones Project™ demonstration site communities in Iowa with populations greater than 10,000 citizens.  Nine additional communities with… Read More →

Mariel Hemingway—On Raw Eggs, Living Past 100 and Her Favorite Hemingway Character

Posted on January, 30 by Blue Zones


At the young age of 13, Mariel Hemingway started her film career, making her silver screen debut in “Lipstick.” Four years later, her work in Woody Allen’s “Manhattan” earned her an Oscar nomination. She has since made 30 films, numerous television appearances and a host of several environmental and humanitarian documentaries. Mariel Hemingway has been pursuing her passion for yoga and health for the past 20 years, and is now seen as a voice of… Read More →

Go Nuts! 9 Questions For Dan Buettner

Posted on November, 9 by Amelia Clabots


Dan Buettner is an internationally recognized researcher, explorer, and New York Times bestselling author and National Geographic Fellow.  He founded Blue Zones®, a company that puts the world’s best practices in longevity and well-being to work in people’s lives.  What gives you a sense of purpose? Learning the wisdom of traditional people and spreading that wisdom. Do you have any daily rituals? In the winter I like to eat oatmeal with nuts and cranberries for breakfast, and… Read More →