In 18 years, I have seen only a handful of speakers receive such a spontaneous and heartfelt standing ovation.
Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best selling author. His New York Times Sunday Magazine article, "The Island Where People Forget to Die" was the second most popular article of 2012. He founded Blue Zones , a company that puts the world's best practices in longevity and well-being to work in people's lives. Buettner's National Geographic cover story on longevity, "The Secrets of Living Longer" was one of their top-selling issues in history and a made him a finalist for a National Magazine Award. His books The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest (2008) and Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way (2010) appeared on many best seller lists and were both featured on Oprah. Dan's upcoming book (2014) will focus on the specific diets from the five Blue Zones areas of longevity.
In 2009, Dan Buettner and his partner, AARP, applied principles of The Blue Zones to Albert Lea, Minnesota and successfully raised life expectancy and lowered health care costs by some 40%. He's currently working with Healthways to implement the program in three Beach Cities of Los Angeles; Fort Worth, Texas; Kauai, Hawaii and the entire state of Iowa. Their strategy focuses on optimizing the health environment instead of individual behavior change. Writing in Newsweek, Harvard University's Walter Willet called the results "stunning."
Dan also holds three world records in distance cycling and has won an Emmy Award for television production.
* Profiled in People, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, The Wall
Street Journal, The Washington Post, and USA Today
* Recent work on "Blue Zones" and the "Vitality Compass" were featured
in the Wall Street Journal in the "Best In Health" category.
* Target Stores
* Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
* Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Inc.
Featured Keynote Programs
Unlocking the Secrets of Happiness
Where we live–not education, marital status or wealth– is the biggest, controllable factor that determines our happiness. For his book Thrive, Dan Buettner worked with Gallup, The World Values Survey and the World Data Base on Happiness to identify four pockets around the world where people report the highest levels of well-being, then determined what they have in common. What can communities do to maximize well-being? And more importantly, what can we do as individuals to stack the deck in our favor?
Secrets of a Long Life
To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and his team study the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. In his talk, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits – Power 9® – that keep them spry past age 100. What should you be doing to live a longer life? Dan Buettner debunks the most common myths and offers a science-backed blueprint for the average American to live another 12 quality years.
The Making of a Healthy City
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% – and they’ve continued to sustain the results. Harvard’s Dr. Walter Willett called the results “stunning”. Hear how one typically unhealthy American city reversed the trend, re-shaped their environment to live longer, better, and boosted happiness. They became healthier without thinking about it.
A home run with Dan!
With your entertaining delivery, there was a palpable feeling of joy in the auditorium.