One of the things I love about visiting family in Northern Indiana (in addition to actually seeing relatives) is spending some time reading real magazines and newspapers at my in-laws’ house. They’ve got Harpers and Sojourners, the Elkhart Truth and the Goshen News, the Sunday New York Times and the Mennonite Weekly Review. They’ve even get AARP: The Magazine, which, truth be told, is a magazine I could be getting at home if I would join AARP. At any rate, I was looking through the current issue of AARP: The Magazine when this article caught me eye: “The Minnesota Miracle,” by Dan Buettner. It’s about the lovely town of Albert Lea, Minnesota and the changes they’ve made their to become a physically healthier community. What really interested me about the story was this side bar:
The Power 9In 2000 a team of scientists and I began studying cultures where people live longest. The residents of these “Blue Zones” don’t diet or belong to health clubs, but they do share common healthy behaviors. We call them the Power 9:1 Keep MovingFind ways to move naturally, such as walking, gardening, using fewer labor-saving devices.2 Find PurposeAnd pursue it with passion.3 Slow DownWork less, rest, take vacations.4 Stop Eating……when you’re 80 percent full.5 Dine on PlantsEat more veggies, and less meat and processed foods.6 Drink Red WineDo it consistently but in moderation.7 Join a groupCreate a healthy social network.8 Feed your soulEngage in spiritual activities.9 Love your tribeMake family a high priority.