Power 9® Overview

There’s a secret to your well-being. It’s your Power 9®. Nine simple, life-changing principles from Blue Zones Project® shared by the world's longest-living people. They are easy, small steps that everyone can take to live longer, feel better, and be happier. Mayor Betsy Price and others across Fort Worth have pledged to live longer, better. Discover your own Power 9 and take the pledge to better well-being.
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Power 9®
Move Naturally
Purpose
Downshift
80% Rule
Plant Slant
Wine @ Five
Belong
Family First
Right Tribe

My Power 9 Can...

Move Mind and Body

Move Naturally

Move mind and body

Moving Naturally is one way Deborah Ferguson contributes to her personal well-being. It’s also a Power 9® principle that’s part of the Blue Zones Project®. Deborah’s daily habits, like parking farther away and taking the stairs, can help her stay energized, focused, and news-ready.

Move Naturally

Exercise the Mind

Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner knows the secret to well-being—Moving Naturally. Staying active by walking, hitting the gym, or simply playing outside gets the endorphins flowing and clears the mind for better thinking.

Build Bright Futures

Purpose

Build bright futures

Studies show that people with a clear goal in life, or something to wake up for every morning, live longer and stay mentally sharper than those who don’t. In fact, living with a sense of purpose can add up to seven years to your life. Your sense of purpose can come from something as simple as watching your children or grandchildren grow up, being engaged in a job or a hobby that gives you a sense of fulfillment, or learning something new.

Get Wheels Turning

Downshift

Get wheels turning

Stress leads to chronic inflammation, associated with every major age-related disease. Even people in the original Blue Zones® areas experience stress, but they have daily routines to shed that stress. Reverse disease by creating a stress-relieving strategy that works for you.

Fuel a Full Day

80% Rule

Fuel a full day

Eat mindfully and stop when 80 percent full. The 20 percent gap between not being hungry and feeling full could be the difference between losing or gaining weight. People in Blue Zones eat their smallest meal in the late afternoon or early evening and then don’t eat any more the rest of the day.

Keep Business Growing

Plant Slant

Keep business growing

Adding more fruits and veggies to your plate can add years to your life. Beans, including fava, black, soy, and lentils, are the cornerstone of most centenarian diets.

Principles for Longevity

Wine @ Five

Principles For Longevity

If you have a healthy relationship with alcohol, enjoying a glass of wine with friends each day can be good for your health. In fact, people in all Blue Zones® areas (except Adventists) drink alcohol moderately and regularly. The trick is to drink 1-2 glasses per day (preferably Sardinian Cannonau wine), with friends and/or with food.

Feed the Soul

Belong

Feed the soul

It doesn’t matter which faith you choose. Research shows that attending faith-based services four times per month will add four to 14 years of life expectancy. All but five of the 263 centenarians we interviewed belonged to some faith-based community.

Make 'Forever' Memories

Family First

Make 'forever' memories

Successful centenarians in the original Blue Zones® areas put their families first. This means keeping aging parents and grandparents nearby or in the home, committing to a life partner, or raising children with time and love. Invest time with family and add up to 6 years to your life.

Win on the Court and In Life

Right Tribe

Win on the Court and in Life

The world’s longest lived people also choose—or are born into—social circles that support healthy behaviors. Research shows that smoking, obesity, happiness, and even loneliness are contagious. The social networks of long-lived people favorably shape their health behaviors, so surround yourself with people who support positive behaviors.