Author & Explorer
Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Fellow and multiple New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. An internationally recognized explorer, he is founder of Blue Zones, LLC – a project that researches the world’s best practices in health, happiness, and longevity and shares that information to help people live longer, better. Read More >
In 2009, Albert Lea, Minnesota, a statistically average American city, completed a one-year community health experiment that raised life expectancy by three years, trimmed a collective 12,000 pounds off waistlines, and dropped healthcare costs of city workers by some 40%. USA Today, Good Morning America, AARP, ABC Nightline, CNN, and US News & World Report all covered the story. Harvard's Dr. Walter Willett, writing in Newsweek magazine, called the results “stunning.” Dan Buettner, founder and director of the AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project, created a “perfect storm” of health that transformed a city. He tells the fascinating story of how one typically obese American city of 18,000 reversed the trend and also got happier. Workplaces were an integral part of building enthusiasm and support. Dan's presentation takes audiences on the yearlong journey as this town adopts 28 evidence-based ways to change their environment to live longer and better. They got healthier without thinking about it.
"Dan's presentation was one of the best we have had and the doctors continued talking about Blue Zones through the entire rest of the meeting."
"Your tips for health and longevity added so much to the event. You truly exceeded our high expectations."
"Everyone was captivated about a topic that we hear quite regularly. Dan's message is unique, practical and fact based."
"Every comment we received was positive and accompanied with a request to be invited to his next presentation."
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"Dan did such a stellar job at our conference. We have no idea how we'll fill his shoes the next time we put on this event."