Altru Health System has partnered with Blue Zones Project to become a Certified Blue Zones Worksite. Employees spend about 25% of their week at work, and at Altru, we want to create an environment where healthy choices are easier to make. We encourage all employees to improve their well-being by moving more, eating better and connecting socially with a purpose.

A Certified Blue Zones Worksites leverages the Blue Zones Power 9 longevity principles to improve employee engagement while transforming the workplace environment so individuals are happier and healthier.

What is Blue Zones Project?

In 2004, Dan Buettner teamed with National Geographic, the National Institute on Aging, and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people lived measurably better, longer. In these five areas—dubbed “blue zones”—researchers found that people reach age 100 at a rate 10 times higher than in the United States, and they do so with lower rates of chronic disease.

It all began with the original five blue zones—Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California. In these regions, people not only regularly live into the triple digits, they thrive. At advanced ages, their bodies are still healthy, and their minds are still sharp. Dan Buettner and his team of researchers were eventually able to pinpoint commonalities in things residents of these places do that result in living long, happy lives.

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