Identification, Explorations, Research, Certification
Blue Zones is the trademark used to describe the world’s longest-lived cultures and the common characteristics that explain their longevity. It is the vision of Dan Buettner who, with Michel Poulain, identified four of the five blue zones hotspots and has led and aggregated the research to identify the common denominators. Gianni Pes first used the term blue zone to describe an area of extraordinary longevity in Sardinia’s Nuoro region. Pes, Poulain and Buettner are Blue Zones co-founders and continue to collaborate to identify, certify, and learn from blue zones hotspots around the world.
BLUE ZONES is a brand and certification mark developed by Michel Poulain, Dan Buettner, and Giovanni Mario Pes when investigating people around the world living longer and better. BLUE ZONES is now a registered trademark owned by BLUE ZONES, LLC, and used by Messrs. Poulain, Buettner and Pes under license. Centenarians exist worldwide but there are only a few areas where their concentration is exceptional so that the population could be considered as living longer.
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Snapshots from Blue Zones expeditions around the world.