TED Talk of the Week: How to Live to Be 100+

What is the secret to longevity? Dan Buettner breaks down the research behind the elements that make for a long and happy life.

Apr 7, 2015

Dan Buettner, a National Geographic writer and explorer, set out to find out the optimal formula for longevity. He based his research on the Danish Twin Study that surmised that 90% of how long someone lives is based on their lifestyle. He put together a team and traveled the globe to find Blue Zones, areas where people live the longest, to discover which factors contribute to their long lives. He focuses on three diverse blue zones found in Sardinia, Italy, Okinawa, Japan and Loma Linda, California and discovered that the seniors share the same commonalities: healthy eating, physical exercise, social inclusion, relaxation, and a sense of purpose.

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This TED Talk of the Week comes in honor of World Health Day, which is putting the focus on healthy eating in 2015 - one of the main ingredients to living a long and fruitful life. Buettner’s engaging talk combines research with common sense, in order to narrow down the building blocks to becoming a happy senior citizen - knowledge that we can start putting into action now.