Ebele Mogo, DrPH

The Importance of Third Spaces Amidst America’s Social Isolation Epidemic

By January 11, 2024

Loneliness has been dubbed the new smoking by health experts, including the Surgeon General of America, Dr. Vivek Murthy, who says that loneliness is as bad for our well–being as smoking fifteen cigarettes daily. The effects are dire. People who are more socially isolated feel the effects of stress more. They are three times more likely to be depressed and also at greater risk for high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and overall poorer heart health.  Yet, according to a Gallup survey, 17 percent of American adults answered yes to the question of whether they felt lonely most of the…

How Blue Zones Project Southwest Florida is Creating Community-Wide Well-Being Through Collective Impact

By October 26, 2023

“In communities with higher well-being, we have found that people live longer, happier lives, and business and local economies flourish. A reliable well-being metric provides community and business leaders with the data and insights they need to help make sustained transformation a reality. After all, if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” – Dan Buettner, Blue Zones founder. The well-being of individuals and communities is intricately linked to the places they inhabit. Our environment plays a crucial role in shaping our lifestyles, choices, and overall health. In communities designed for higher well-being, people tend to live longer,…