Blue Zones

Blue Zones Project

Communities like Okinawa in Japan and Loma Linda in California are home to some of the longest-living people in the world. These communities are called “Blue Zones”, a phrase coined by National Geographic writer and explorer, Dan Buettner.

Almost two years ago, the Blue Zones Project became integrated in many Iowa communities, with the goal of fostering healthy behavior so residents live long and happy lives.

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How strong is the link between physical activity and success? Ben Kieffer talks with Adele Diamond, one of the world's leading researchers on the brain's cognitive functions, as she gives her answer. Diamond talks about the real difference exercise can make in how you think, feel and interact with others.

Also, several members from Iowa’s Blue Zones project talk about the project's current endeavors.

Towns around Iowa are trying to transform their communities with well-being habits from the world’s longest-living people. It’s called the Blue Zones Project and on Friday the first four Blue Zone Demonstration sites were announced. On today's Talk of Iowa, Charity talks with representatives from Spencer, Mason City, Cedar Falls and Waterloo: Iowa’s Blue Zones. Later in the hour, we'll hear about a new study, co-authored by University of Iowa Education Professor Deborah Linebarger, that examines the impact on children of television playing in the background.