Dan Buettner Bio

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.

Clients include
* Pepsico
* Allianz
* Target Stores
* Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
* Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Inc.