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‘Blue Zones’ author to speak in Spokane on Oct. 28

From Staff Reports

National Geographic fellow Dan Buettner, author of “The Blue Zones,” will speak in Spokane at a free event Oct. 28.

The original “blue zones” are places around the world, identified by Buettner and other researchers, where people live longer and with less disability than everyone else: Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; and Nicoya, Costa Rica.

He’ll talk about the characteristics they have in common: They can articulate a sense of purpose. They attend faith-based services. They eat mostly plant-based food, and they stop eating when they’re full. They drink a little wine.

There are others, including community support. Buettner’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and Q-and-A with Mayor David Condon, Spokane public health epidemiologist Adrian Dominguez, and other community and public health leaders.

The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Spokane Convention Center, 33 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Doors open at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

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