For years people have been talking about those small communities in lands far, far away with centenarians who live in abject poverty with little to no health care…yet, somehow they are the happiest and healthiest people on the planet. Some say these people are considered lucky, even chosen.

Whatever you would like to call them, we know better now. It is not so much the people themselves that are unique but its how they live their lives as a community that really makes the difference. We call these collections of healthy humans, Blue Zones. This is not just  your typical group of gym buffs and protein blasting iron pumpers, no. This is a movement of people dedicated to a simple yet satisfying lifestyle, that has proven to improve the quality and quantity of your life.

So what is the Blue Zone Project exactly? It’s a community wellness initiative designed to improve the health and well being of your community by permanently changing the environment, policies, and social networks to create a happier and healthier place to live.

You might say ‘this all sounds great but fundamentally changing your very way of life sounds downright impossible.’ You’d be surprised at how simple it is to change with these steps to success the Blue Zone mentors call, The Power 9. These are 9 ways to simplify your life while improving your health and wellness and its gaining traction everywhere. The South Bay was one of the first areas in California to adopt this initiative and as a result, many local communities are following in their footsteps, perhaps even in your local community.

If you like the idea of improving your health and the health of your local community, you can learn more about the initiative and sign up at the Blue Zone Project’s web site, take the pledge and move forward with becoming a happier and healthier individual while helping bring your community with you on the road to wellness.

If you want to track the progress of your local community, check out Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.



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