Blue Zones , a trademark of Blue Zones, LLC, reflects the lifestyle, traditions and the environment of the world’s longest-living people. Dan Buettner, Blue Zones founder, is a National Geographic Fellow and multiple New York Times bestselling author. He discovered five places in the world – dubbed blue zones – where people live the longest, and are healthiest: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece, and Loma Linda, California. Blue Zones, LLC works with communities, cities, and campuses all around the world to optimize their systems and surroundings so that healthier choices are easier. Their groundbreaking approach has had marked success in improving the health and well-being of large populations and entire cities. This is the core of Blue Zone retreats
Borgo Egnazia, an award-winning destination located in Puglia, Italy, is partnering with Blue Zones to offer a series of science-based wellness retreats certified by the Blue Zones Institute. Borgo Egnazia BLUE ZONES retreats feature evidence-based solutions from the world’s longest-living people delivered in a practical format that makes healthy living easy and sustainable. Activities include health-conscious meals and cooking classes based on the Blue Zones findings; movement sessions in the Puglian countryside; innovative workshops; and unique evening events. The retreats will be available at Borgo Egnazia four times in 2020 (March 16 to 21, May 4 to 9, September 7 to 12, and November 9 to 14).
The retreat’s programming is in line with Dan Buettner’s concept of the Power 9, the nine lifestyle habits that all five blue zone areas have in common. Borgo Egnazia personnel have been extensively trained in these evidence-based principles, so that participants can be immersed in the traditions of the world’s longest-living cultures. The Power 9 are:
- Move Naturally: Blue zone centenarians dwell in environments that push them to perform moving naturally, or simple daily physical activity.
- Purpose: Waking up in the morning knowing your purpose is worth up to seven years of extra life expectancy.
- Down Shift: Stress leads to chronic inflammation and is associated with every major age-related disease. The world’s longest-lived people focus on routines that help shed stress and cultivate calmer mindsets.
- 80% Rule: The practice of stopping eating when eighty percent full.
- Plant Slant: The best-of-the-best longevity foods are leafy greens such as spinach, kale, beet and turnip tops, chard, and collards. Combined with seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and beans, these healthy options dominate blue zone meals all year long.
- Wine At 5: Whether it’s a toast at sunset or a get-together with friends for happy hour, it has been found that moderate drinkers outlive non-drinkers, especially if they share those drinks with company.
- Belong: Attending faith-based services four times per month—no matter the denomination—adds up to fourteen years of life expectancy.
- Loved Ones First: Those who have become centenarians almost always put their family first by keeping aging parents and grandparents nearby, committing to a life partner, and investing in their children.
- Right Tribe: The world’s longest–lived people choose, or were born into social circles that support healthy behavior.
Borgo Egnazia has 63 suites, 92 casette (small houses), 28 villas, diverse restaurants, two beautiful private beach clubs, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and the San Domenico Golf Club. “Borgo Egnazia has always had a strong commitment in delivering ‘happiness’ to people, both for its guests and staff,” says Aldo Melpignano, Founder and Managing Director of Borgo Egnazia. “After creating several innovative wellness programs focused on happiness, we realized that we wanted to implement a deeper science-based approach to deliver meaningful wellbeing experiences.