Dan Buettner: Discusses His NY Times Best-selling Book, The Blue Zones

Updated April 7, 2015

Dan Buettner was a recent guest speaker at the McDougall Advanced Study Weekend

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Dan Buettner discusses his NY Times best selling book, The Blue Zones


Dan is a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best selling author. His New York Times Sunday Magazine article, “The Island Where People Forget to Die,” was the second most popular article of 2012. He founded Blue Zones®, a company that puts the world’s best practices in longevity and well-being to work in people’s lives. Buettner’s National Geographic cover story on longevity, “The Secrets of Living Longer,” was one of their top-selling issues in history and made him a finalist for a National Magazine Award. His books The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest (2008) and Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way (2010) appeared on many bestseller lists and were both featured on Oprah. His most current book is THE BLUE ZONES SOLUTION: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People, published by National Geographic in April 2015. In 2009, Dan Buettner and his partner, AARP, applied principles of The Blue Zones to Albert Lea, Minnesota and successfully raised life expectancy and lowered health care costs by some 40%. Since then, he has teamed with Healthways to implement the program in 16 other cities in America and has dramatically improved the health of more than 5 million Americans to-date. Their strategy focuses on optimizing the health environment instead of individual behavior change. Writing in Newsweek, Harvard University’s Walter Willet called the results “stunning.” Dan also holds three world records in distance cycling and has won an Emmy Award for television production. You can learn more at http://www.bluezones.com.

Also see: Dan Buettner: Talks About His Followup Book to The Blue Zones, Blue Zones Solution