AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project
Albert Lea, Minnesota will be the center of an innovative, research-backed 10-month pilot project designed to improve the health and projected life expectancy of people of all ages who live and work in the city. The goal is to add at least 10,000 years of projected life expectancy to the people of Albert Lea (that's at least two years of projected life expectancy per participant) through environmental and individual changes.
Instead of focusing on a diet and exercise program, the project encourages the best practices of the world's longest-lived populations with strategies such as making it easier to get around on foot or by bicycle; encouraging the development of social networks; and providing healthier fast-food options, among others.
Between now and October, the project will work with Albert Lea community leaders to create the kind of community wherein healthy habits naturally ensue. These efforts will engage Albert Lea's residents in making personal changes that will improve their health and increase their longevity in ways that require little or no ongoing effort. The project will combine AARP's expertise related to healthy behaviors and Blue Zones' expertise in longevity to empower Albert Lea to make simple but impactful changes to behaviors and environments. The AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project is sponsored by the United Health Foundation.
Visit the Vitality Project page at AARP.
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