Blue Zones Project

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Welcome to Public Health Moment from the University of Minnesota. Albert Lea, Minnesota is the center of an innovative, ten-month pilot project designed to improve the health and life expectancy of people who live and work there. It’s called the AARP Blue Zones Vitality Project. Leslie Lyttle, a University of Minnesota epidemiology professor, is co-director of the project. <Clip: “So, the Blue Zones has identified four main…and knowing your purpose in life.”> Lyttle says that instead of focusing on diet and exercise, the project encourages the best practices of the world's longest-lived populations with strategies such as making it easier to get around on and encouraging the development of social networks. <clip: “Within the last three weeks, Blue Zones…the community as a whole was prepared for this.”> With another Public Health Moment I’m John Finnegan.



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Finnegan, John; Leslie Lyttle. (2009). Blue Zones Project. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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