The Blue Zones project is based on the world travels of Dan Buettner, who identified communities worldwide where people share traits of great longevity. He wrote a New York Times bestseller about the nine principles of longevity. The “Power Nine” principles include eating a plant-slant diet, moving  naturally by walking, biking or similar activity, having a sense of purpose, limiting alcohol intake, putting family first, belonging to a social group and more.

Buettner retained Healthways for program guidance in communities that are seeking Blue Zones 
designation, where a significant percentage of the populace is taking steps to change their 
environment and lifestyle so healthier choices are preferred.

“Blue Zones Project is thrilled to have Senior Housing Solutions as our newest organization to   become Blue Zones Project Recognized in Southwest Florida! Not only did Senior Housing Solutions go above and beyond in their commitment to the project, but Bruce Rosenblatt has become a wonderful ambassador- helping to foster well-being throughout the community.”

“After learning more about the Blue Zones project, I feel that the core principles are very similar to that of my organization in promoting successful aging… Living with a purpose, making healthy choices, staying physically and socially active and enjoying a community lifestyle.”   “The more people can embrace these principles, the less likely they will need extended long term care as they age,” said Bruce Rosenblatt

To date, 25 businesses, country clubs, schools churches, nonprofits, restaurants and the like 
in Southwest Florida have earned Blue Zones designation where at least 25 percent of people 
within each group have taken the pledge to adhere to healthier selections and the business or organization 
has made structural changes accordingly.
The NCH Healthcare System is the sponsor of the local project.

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