What is a Blue Zone?
Blue Zones were inspired by the New York Times bestseller book The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest by author Dan Buettner (A Must Read!). They were first designated as five distinct areas around the world where residents lived long, healthy, and happy lives and with a high number of residents over the age of 100. Those were Sardinia (Italy), Okinawa (Japan), Loma Linda (California - USA), Nicoya Peninsula (Costa Rica), and Icaria (Greece). The term blue zone started when the researchers drew blue circles on a map to identify these communities based on data collected.
The author highlights elements found in common among these special zones:
- Regular physical activity
- Having a life's purpose
- Reducing stress
- Diet with moderate amount of calories
- Primarily plant-based diet
- Little alcohol consumption
- Spirituality or religion
- Strong family ties and support
- Having a social life
Central Maui's Blue Zone
We are proud to say that Central Maui (Wailuku/Kahului) has been designed as a Blue Zone Project. The purpose of a Blue Zones Project is to create a community that is not only great to live and work in but also ensuring the health, happiness, and longevity of its residents. As a result, people live longer, happier, and healthier lives. This requires the support and commitment of its residents, businesses, schools, places of worship, local agencies, and organizations. In truth, small changes in the way people live as well as what they eat and do can have huge benefits to their health. There are workshops happening on Maui. To check out the next one, simply visit their site.
The project was brought to Maui thanks to the HMSA (Hawaii Medical Service Association) and shows great promise of success. Thank you HMSA!
To find out more about the Blue Zone of Maui or participate in the project, we invite you to visit their website.