Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Activate Orange County, Florida

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Let's Transform the Well-Being of Orange County

The Orlando Economic Partnership’s Foundation for Orlando’s Future, along with local business leaders, is thrilled to introduce the Blue Zones Activate expert team to Orange County. Please join us at the Blue Zones Activate Kickoff to hear from National Geographic Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Dan Buettner and his team of national experts as they begin their assessment of our community.

Inspired by the world’s longest-lived cultures, Blue Zones helps communities live better longer by improving their environment. Becoming a Blue Zones Community is a three-phase process. It all starts with Phase I, the Readiness Assessment, a structured exploration of our community powered by collaboration to build a plan for change.

Join us at this event to meet the experts and learn more about Blue Zones and what to expect during the Blue Zones Activate assessment.


Join Us for a Blue Zones Assessment Kickoff


Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Orlando Science Center
777 E. Princeton St.
Orlando, FL 32803


8 - 8:30 a.m. Networking & Breakfast
8:30 - 10 a.m. Speakers & Presentation


No later than Saturday, September 7, 2019

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Meet Our Speakers


Dan Buettner

Dan Buettner is an explorer, National Geographic Fellow, award-winning journalist and producer, and founder of Blue Zones. He’s also the New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the LongestThrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way and The Blue Zones Solution. Dan has appeared as a longevity expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, ABC World News, CBS’s The Early Show and CNN.


Ben Leedle

Ben is a transformative business leader who was the President and CEO of Healthways, Inc. from 2003 to 2015. He is broadly recognized as the driving force behind transforming that company from a small business to the number one independent population health management company in the world. Among his many accomplishments prior to joining Blue Zones, Ben co-founded both the Blue Zones Project and the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index innovations.


Bill Dymond

Bill Dymond is the CEO & President of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. A leader in his field, Bill advises clients in the hotel/resort/leisure industry. The firm’s Hospitality & Leisure Group has handled more than $25 billion in transactions throughout the United States—including Central Florida—and Canada. Dymond has also been the lead negotiator in securing multi-year television agreements with ABC and ESPN for the Capital One Bowl/Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl/Russell Athletic Bowl, and team selection agreements with the Big 10, SEC, ACC, Big East, and Big 12 conferences.

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Using secrets discovered in Blue Zones areas—rare longevity hotspots—we help transform communities into areas where the healthy choice is easy.

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Backed by research of the original blue zones—rare longevity hotspots where people thrive into their 100s—we help communities through a three-phase well-being transformation.

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The Foundation for Orlando’s Future has brought Blue Zones Activate to Orange County to make our community a happier, healthier place to live, work, grow up, and grow old.

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