HEALTH: LIFESTYLES: The ingredients for a longer life – BBC News

A handful of small towns have remarkable longevity. What is it about their lifestyle that can increase your chances of living to 100?

One is a town surrounded by tropical forest and beaches popular with surfers, two are craggy islands in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, the fourth is at the tail of the Japanese archipelago, while the last is a small city in California whose name means “beautiful hill”.

At first glance, there might not seem much to link these five locations – Nicoya in Costa Rica, Sardinia in Italy, Ikaria in Greece, Okinawa in Japan and Loma Linda in California. They are scattered in different corners of the world and could not look more different.         

But for anyone wanting to live a long and healthy life, these are perhaps the five best places to have been born. These are the so-called Blue Zones, where people’s chances of living to 100 years old is ten times higher than the US average.

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  • Bernard  On 07/18/2020 at 12:06 am

    Sadly, Civil Rights icon, John Lewis, has died at the age of 80 after losing his fight with cancer.


    • Bernard  On 07/18/2020 at 11:43 pm

      I’m a bit surprised that there’s nothing yet on this site about the great, late civil rights champion John Lewis who died a day ago.

      In the 1960s, Mr Lewis was involved in several civil rights marches (and jailed more than 40 times), most notably the August 1963 march to Washington with MLK and the March 7, 1965 march in Selma, Alabama across the Edmond Pettus Bridge.

      That day, 600 people were peacefully wending their way over the bridge on their way to Montgomery, the State Capital demanding voting rights for Blacks. They were met on the bridge by mounted police using billy clubs and tear gas who asked them to disperse.

      John Lewis suffered a broken skull and fell in a coma. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and later recovered. The man for whom the Bridge was named was a Confederate officer in the Civil War of high ranking and a top member of the KKK and the White Supremacy movement.

      In light of the times in which we are in, that racist name should be stripped and the Bridge renamed the John Lewis Bridge.


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