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FSW Collier Campus Becomes a Blue Zone Project College

September 12, 2018 08:07 PM

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Gabriela Milian

The Florida Southwestern State College (FSW) Collier County campus will be the first college in Florida recognized as a Blue Zones Project college. in order to become a Blue Zone Project-recognized college, a quarter of the student population must pledge to enroll in the Blue Zones Project and try to integrate its nine principles into their life.

FSW Collier Campus Becomes a Blue Zone Project College

The first habit, "Move Naturally," states that people that live longer are the ones that do not force movement. They just move "naturally" without thinking about it.

The second habit is "Purpose." The thought behind this habit is that knowing your sense of purpose will add to your life expectancy. Once you find the reason why you wake up in the morning, this will lead to a healthier lifestyle.

The third habit is "Down Shift." Stress can cause serious health problems without you knowing it. This habit suggests that the world's longest-lived people don't have routines that stress them. If they do, then they take steps to unwind like taking naps, going to happy hour or meditating.

The fourth habit for a successful life living in the Blue Zone Project principles is the coveted, "80% Rule." This rule is based off a Confucian mantra. It is where you stop eating when your stomach is 80 percent full and the 20 percent gap between not being hungry and feeling full can be the difference between losing weight or gaining it.

The fifth habit, "Plant Slant," promotes changing your diet to a consumption of mostly a plant-based foods. For example, incorporating more beans and eating meat an average five times per month.

The sixth habit in the Blue Zone Project nine principles is "Wine @ 5." This habit is a favorite among many. It suggests that you drink one or two glasses of alcohol per day with friends plus food.

The seventh habit is "Belong." In the project's research, it was found that attending faith-based services four times per month will add between four years to 14 years of life expectancy.

The eighth, "Loved Ones First," will to add three more years to your life expectancy, according to the principles, by keeping parents and grandparents nearby or in the home to spend time with and love.

The last habit is "Right Tribe." Find a group of close friends. In the Blue Zone Study, the people who lived the longest has a group of five friends that commit to each other for life.

Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic, an American digital cable and satellite television network, to find the world’s longest-lived people. Buettner sought to study them. They found five places that made the nine habits possible. To learn more about Blue Zones, visit its website: www.bluezones.com .

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