Straight TalkA weekly update from management on the issues that matter most. Apr 5, 2018 I am personally inviting you to join elected officials, key community leaders, Blue Zones Project Steering Committee and me, to hear a presentation by Dan Buettner, founder of the Blue Zones Project. Dan will share his latest research in his usual dynamic manner. Thanks to strong support in bringing the Blue Zones Project to Southwest Florida, we are making significant strides in improving well-being and building infrastructure for sustained health across our region. As you know, our end goal is to achieve certification for our region as a Blue Zones community—one of the places in the world where people live the longest, healthiest and happiest lives. Dan Buettner will be speaking at on April 16th at FGCU’s Alico Arena (12181 FGCU Lake Pkwy E, Fort Myers, FL 33913). The schedule is as follows. Doors open at 5 PM. Beginning at 6 PM, NY Times bestselling author Dan Buettner will share lessons from around the world on how to live a longer, healthier, and happier life. Following the program and a Q&A with Dan, Blue Zones Project will celebrate National Walking Day by hosting a very short community walk around the beautiful campus boardwalk. Enjoy the pleasant walk, receive a free t-shirt, try plant-based food tastings and win prizes—including copies of Dan Buettner’s new book, Blue Zones of Happiness. The event is free for all participants. Click on the link below to reserve a seat for you and a guest: Walk Your Way to Well-Being with Dan Buettner More than two hundred organizations have gained Blue Zones recognition in Southwest Florida by adopting healthier habits, and 28,000 individuals have signed a pledge to make healthier choices in their day-today lives. Programs like the Blue Zones Project are bringing together diverse people and organizations across our region in collective efforts to improve community health. Dan Witters, research director with Gallup-Sharecare, said Southwest Florida in the past had proven to be a high well-being area for years, but it was inconsistent. “What is most impressive is how it [Southwest Florida] has been strengthening its position at the top along the way. I think a big part of the story is the presence of the Blue Zones Project in Southwest Florida, which specializes in community-level interventions designed to increase the probability that residents make healthy, well-being affirming choices in their lives.” So please attend, improve your health, and help our community as we continue to have America’s longest life expectancy that has increased for the past two years. Thank you for your support of the April 16th event, which will help everyone live a longer, happier, and healthier life.