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Blue Zone Living: Could It Be Coming to Fountain Hills?

Fountain Hills Beth Kohoutek July 8, 2024

Blue Zone Living: Could It Be Coming to Fountain Hills?

Imagine living in a community where residents enjoy longer, healthier, and happier lives. This is the essence of Blue Zones—regions around the world identified for their high concentration of centenarians and overall well-being. But what makes these areas so special, and could Fountain Hills be the next Blue Zone?

What is Blue Zone Living?

Blue Zones are regions where people live significantly longer lives, often surpassing 100 years with vitality and minimal health issues. These areas, such as Okinawa in Japan, Sardinia in Italy, and Loma Linda in California, share common lifestyle characteristics that contribute to longevity. These include:

  • Plant-based Diets: Emphasis on fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, and legumes.
  • Regular Physical Activity: Incorporating natural movement into daily routines.
  • Strong Social Connections: Maintaining close-knit communities and family ties.
  • Purposeful Living: Having a clear sense of purpose in life.
  • Stress Reduction: Practices like meditation, prayer, and naps to manage stress.

Fountain Hills: A Potential Blue Zone?

Fountain Hills already boasts several qualities that align with Blue Zone principles. Our community enjoys beautiful natural surroundings, numerous outdoor recreational opportunities, and a strong sense of community. With wonderful organic goods available at Good Living Greens, miles of hiking and biking trails, and a huge volunteer community where everyone can find a place to connect and belong, Fountain Hills has the foundation for Blue Zone living. However, becoming a recognized Blue Zone requires intentional efforts to enhance these qualities further.

Steps Towards Blue Zone Status:

Local Fountain Hills community members are working toward the certification and currently in Phase 1 of planning and assessment.

  1. Promoting Healthy Eating: Encouraging local markets and restaurants to offer more plant-based options.
  2. Encouraging Physical Activity: Expanding walking and biking trails, organizing community fitness events.
  3. Fostering Social Connections: Creating more community gathering spaces and events to strengthen social ties.
  4. Supporting Mental Wellness: Offering programs for stress management and purposeful living.

The Future of Blue Zone Living in Fountain Hills

With its existing strengths and a commitment to healthy living, Fountain Hills has the potential to embrace Blue Zone principles. By fostering a culture that prioritizes well-being, our community can enhance the quality of life for all residents, making Fountain Hills not just a place to live, but a place to thrive.

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