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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wine @ Five
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.
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.
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.