May 8, 2015

Brain Injury Information & Training

By Mary Lee Foundation

Hosted by the Mary Lee Foundation at:

Mary Lee Foundation Community Center 1327 Lamar Square Drive Austin, Texas 78704 All sessions are free of charge

Date and Time:

Date ~ May 12th, 2015 Tuesday Evening Time ~ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

This week features: THE BLUE ZONES


They are called BLUE ZONES – places in the world where people live longer and healthier than anywhere else on earth. Several of these BLUE ZONES exist, and in each of these places people living to 90 or even 100 years is common. And they aren’t just living long either – these people are living healthy – without medication or mental or physical complications. Researchers have now discovered several common factors that are present in each of the five regions around the world, which are now commonly referred to as BLUE ZONES.

Researchers first discovered Sardinia, Italy as the region of the world with the highest concentration of people living beyond the ages of 90 years old and 100 years old. During the last 10 years National Geographic, AARP and the United Health Foundation have embarked on physical and statistical journeys to uncover four other BLUE ZONES located around the world. The name (BLUE ZONES) originated as researches using world map would draw a large blue circle around each location where people were found to live longer and healthier. The following are the five denoted BLUE ZONES around the world:

Sardinia, Italy
Okinawa, Japan
Nicoya Peninsula, Coast Rico
Icaria, Greece
Loma Linda, California

After locating the areas around the world where people lived longer and healthier; researchers began to explore what common characteristics existed in each of the five designated BLUE ZONE. All aspects of each populations’ daily routine were closely observed and documented. The research focused on daily living habits, sleeping patterns, dietary practices, physical activity, recreational practices, social interactions, family relationships, weather and other environmental conditions, the role of government, traditions, community rituals, educational practices and amount of exposure to others residing outside their region.

Once residing in a BLUE ZONE, residents often return home after feeling uncomfortable living outside this domain. Their philosophy is not hurry up and get there, but slow down and enjoy being there. Recently several cities throughout the United Stated states are educating their residents about the BLUE ZONES. These cities are now in the process of making the changes that coincide with those already found in each BLUE ZONE. Many of the core elements are known to mankind, but in the BLUE ZONE they are engrained into each persons’ everyday lifestyle. Come join us as we explore the unique findings of the research project, which reveals the most common components found to be present in each BLUE ZONE.

Please contact our Sessions Moderator, Chip Howe at (512) 443-5777 if you have any questions.

Monthly sessions will occur on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 pm – 8:30 pm. Bring a friend as we continue our journey toward enhanced learning and wellness.

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