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National Geographic Fellow, Longevity Expert to Visit Spokane

October 15, 2014

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Live Longer, Better: Creating Healthier Communities Together

Spokane, Wash—What do Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; and Nicoya, Costa Rica have in common? Their residents have discovered the secrets to better health and longer living, with less cancer, heart disease and dementia than neighboring cities.

Now, Eastern Washington University, Empire Health FoundationGroup Health and Providence Health Care are partnering together to learn what Spokane can do to create a healthier community. The organizations are proud to bring National Geographic Fellow and longevity expert Dan Buettner to town for an eye-opening discussion of the right foods and habits that bring about a longer, healthier life. The free event will be held from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Spokane Convention Center.

Dan Buettner and his team study the world’s 'Blue Zones - communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. Hear the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that can help you live a longer life at this free Spokane health presentation.In 2004, Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and hired the world’s best longevity researchers to identify “Blue Zones,” communities where people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States. Over the past decade, Blue Zones has transformed into a movement to promote longevity, and Buettner’s book, The Blue Zones, is a New York Times bestseller.

After his keynote address, Buettner will lead a conversation with Spokane community leaders to identify opportunities for local action.

Joining Buettner on the panel will be David Condon, Spokane Mayor; Adrian Dominguez, Epidemiologist, Spokane Regional Health District; Jean Farmer, Executive Director, Northeast Community Center; and Laura Martin, Wellness Coordinator for the Cheney and West Valley School districts.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. After the event, Buettner will be available to sign his book, which will also be on sale after the program.

For more information about Blue Zones, visit www.bluezones.com.

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