Power 9 (Blue Zones Project)|
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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
Demographics tell us the average American will live 78.2 years yet more than 70,000 Americans will celebrate their 100th birthday this year. Are they doing something we could be doing? What’s the secret? It’s called the Power 9.
Our strategic partner Healthways teamed up with National Geographic and explorer and author Dan Buettner and together they found and studied the world’s longest living people who are enjoying a relatively healthy end of life. What did they discover?
The world’s longest-lived people live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without thinking about it. They grow gardens and don’t have mechanical conveniences for house and yard work. Simply put, they move naturally.
They also have a sense of purpose; downshift (that means they take vacations and make time to de-stress each day); they stop eating when their stomachs are 80 percent full and eat a plant based diet.
They enjoy one to two glasses of wine per day, have a sense of belonging, put their loved ones first and are a part of social circles that support healthy behaviors.
According to the experts at the Blue Zones Project “to make it to age 100, you have to have won the genetic lottery. But most of us have the capacity to make it well into our early 90’s and largely without chronic disease just by adopting a Blue Zones lifestyle.”
Will 2014 be the year you make a commitment to wellness and well-being? I hope you will join me in embracing the Power 9. To learn more, visit bluezonesproject.com.
For our faith-based health system — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.