In the first blog post in this two-part series, we mentioned that Dr. Michel Poulain, a Belgian demographer researching longevity, along with Dr. Gianni Pes, a medical statistician tied to the University of Sassari, Italy, coined the name Blue Zone. Why choose the name Blue Zone you ask?
Can each of us find ways in our own lives to embrace similar positive habits to those of higher longevity elders living in “Blue Zones” around the world?
Health care costs continue to spiral upwards out of sight. The sad reality is that experts are estimating that health care costs will just keep on climbing at a rate of 8-9% or more per year unless Americans as a nation positively change their health related behaviors. The population health of Americans overall continues to decline. Current health care reform legislation does NOT address a way to actually lower health care costs overall. Employers looking at employee benefits & risks and reviewing current health currency statistics are concerned and with good reason. Consulting firms such as Towers Watson estimate per employee
Registered Dietitians (RDs) aka Registered Dietitians Nutritionists (RDNs) are health care professionals who are fond of saying that good food habits beat out fad diets any day. Habits have been a prime time topic in the media for decades. Research is now showing that indeed some habits may be keystone ones that dramatically influence one’s chances of success in achieving what one really desires.