Blue Zones

Live Longer, Better

How to Live Longer


Okinawa’s Ushi Okushima still gardening at age 109

Our team of researchers visited five places around the world where people live the longest to distill their secrets of healthy longevity. People in the Blue Zones nurture strong social networks, consume a plant-based diet, eat in moderation and incorporate daily, natural physical activity into their lives. Here’s a profile of the journey into each longevity pocket further described in The Blue Zones.

Sardinia, Italy

The mountainous island of Sardinia is home to some of the world’s longest-lived men. Here exists an ancient culture characterized by traditional social values, respect for elders and loyalty to the family clan. Indigenous Sardinians abide by unwritten laws and have survived attempts at foreign domination for centuries. Look at what pushes the people here to live past 100 >>

Okinawa, Japan

Okinawa is an archipelago off the cost of Japan with some of the world’s longest-lived people. Rich in their traditions, Okinawan’s real secret to health and longevity comes from their culture and environment. To learn more, check out our longevity highlights from Okinawa >>

Loma Linda, CA

For the past half-century, members of the Seventh Day Adventist community in Loma Linda, whose faith endorses healthy living, lead the nation in the longest life expectancy. Read more about how this town in California has become home of the longest-lived people in America. >>

Ikaria, Greece

A small Greek island in the Aegean Sea located southwest of Samos holds some of the world’s longest lived people. Our researchers found that people of Ikaria are three times more likely to reach age 90 than in the U.S. They will also have about 20% less cancer, half the rate of cardiovascular disease, and almost no dementia. For a more in-depth look, check out Ikaria’s longevity highlights >>

Nicoya Costa Rica

A Costa Rican man at age 60 has about twice the chance of reaching age 90 as does a man living in the United States, France, or even Japan. Costa Rica spends only 15 percent of what America does on health care, yet its people appear to be living longer, seemingly healthier lives than people in any other country on Earth. Find out why Costa Rica is a longevity hot spot >>

Power 9®

From our research in the Blue Zones we found nine common characteristics of all the world’s longest-lived people. The findings will amaze you! The secret of how to live longer lies not in diets or exercise programs, but in creating the right environment for yourself. These nine characteristics we call Power 9® can help you live longer and look and feel younger at every age. Discover the Power 9® >>