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Blue Zones - Live Longer, Better

Blue Zones Community Presentation
Thursday, May 12th
3 - 5 pm
The Quabbin Retreat
211 North Main Street, Petersham
Free & Open to the Public!
Refreshments will be provided

Tony Buettner of Blue Zones will present on his work in identifying areas of the world that have very high rates of longevity and what are the common elements that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Tony's presentation will be followed by a panel presentation on how healthcare and community organizations can support and implement those elements and strategies in our region.

To register, please call Community Relations at (978) 630-6248. 

About Tony Buettner
Tony Buettner is a National Speaker and is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Blue Zones. Featured at such events as The Aspen Institute and Estes Park Institute, Tony performs at around 80 events per year. One of Tony’s primary tasks is that of Project Manager for Blue Zones Projects; His work encompassing strategic planning, operations, and the facilitation of successful implementation of all Blue Zones Community projects. Tony brings direct knowledge and insight of the Blue Zones expeditions, research, and insights into those populations to help them live longer, better. His experience gained during his participation on expeditions with Dan Buettner, his brother, and his over 30 years of world travel, bring pertinent experience in the understanding of health and wellness as it relates to populations and cultures.

Tony’s day-to-day responsibilities at Blue Zones offer deep insight into the research that forms the foundation for the product development and implementation of the methodology behind the Blue Zones Projects. This interaction brings deep-seated understanding to how Blue Zones interfaces in the six sectors of communities that include policy, worksites, restaurants, grocery stores, schools, and with individual engagement. His background in quality management systems complement the rigor and thoughtfulness in developing a scalable product model as well as one that can be sustained in the Blue Zone Project communities.

View Tony's Speaking Promo on Youtube.

About Blue Zones
In 2004, Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people live measurably longer better. In these “Blue Zones” they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States.

After identifying 5 of the world’s Blue Zones, Dan and National Geographic took teams of scientists to each location to identify lifestyle characteristics that might explain longevity. They found that the lifestyles of all Blue Zones residents shared nine specific characteristics, referred to as the Power 9®.

Dan’s subsequent book The Blue Zones hit the New York Times best-seller list and took Dan everywhere from Oprah to TED to Bill Clinton’s Health Matters Initiative. The success prompted a new challenge: could we improve health and longevity in the US?

In 2009, Blue Zones partnered with AARP and the United Health Foundation to apply the Power 9 principles to Albert Lea, MN. It worked: after just one year, participants added an estimated 2.9 years to their average lifespan while healthcare claims for city worker dropped 49%. Harvard’s Walter Willett called the results ‘stunning’.

For more information on Blue Zones, please visit

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