Have you heard of Blue Zones? It’s kind of fascinating, really. Blue Zones are areas of the world where people live much longer than the average life span. The concept–developed by author Dan Buettner–first appeared in the November 2005 National Geographic magazine cover story “The Secrets of a Long Life.” Buettner found five regions of the world as being “Blue Zones”: Okinawa (Japan); Sardinia (Italy); Nicoya (Costa Rica); Icaria (Greece) and Loma Linda, California. In his books on the subject, Buettner explains why people in these locations live healthier, happier, and longer lives. It’s quite comparable to life at our own Soleil community.
Not too surprisingly, the most common characteristics of Blue Zone residents are such things as a semi-vegetarian diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes; less smoking; an active lifestyle, strong family and friend networks; and increased social engagement. But in his latest book, The Blue Zones of Happiness, Dan Buettner goes on to highlight the critical importance of communities. He found that our surroundings are a significant factor in living long, healthy, happy lives. Lucky for us, the lifestyle at Soleil matches many of the specific qualities of the happiest communities in the world. What are those? Take a look…
Walk and bike-friendliness
What this really means is that the streets are people-friendly. It includes areas with sidewalks and walking paths that are safe and quiet …just like the ones we have here. There are so many health benefits gained from walking, so we like to have an environment that encourages that.
Easy access to nature
Open, park-like settings are essential. Our rolling hills, pretty lake, trees, walking trails, and golf course settings are just a few of the many ways to enjoy nature and the outdoors here. Plus we have tennis, pickleball, bocce ball, and more — all to encourage residents to get outside, be active, and enjoy the fresh air.
Speaking of fresh air, we are very fortunate that our water, air, and land are pristine here in north Georgia. You can drink the water and breathe deeply here without worrying about what you’re putting into your body.
Healthy food options
Our many grocery stores and local farmers markets offer a wide variety of fresh, delicious foods. It’s easy to get locally grown options too, especially considering our garden center and an avid gardening club right within our community.
Access to healthcare
Our location is one that affords our residents easy access to an array of great doctors, dentists, and other premier medical professionals. Hopefully, you don’t need them, but if you do, it’s nice to know they are readily available.
Health and wellbeing are encouraged
Here at Soleil, we like to be active together and look out on one another. Friends and neighbors encourage wellness and like to share valuable health information. For example, if you’re not sure which dentist is the best in our area, just ask around. You’ll get excellent, well-informed recommendations.
Trustworthy environment Not that you really have to worry about it here, but our neighborhood is gated with 24/7 security. We also have fantastic neighbors, police, community, and other elected officials are respectful, kind, and helpful people that are all worthy of our trust. You can lay your head down at night and feel safe and sound at Soleil.
Volunteer and civic engagement opportunities
There are a variety of organizations in our area that welcome volunteer assistance. We’re are very proud to have several active clubs that enjoy stepping up, taking on charitable endeavors, and assisting those in need. It’s a rewarding experience for all.
And when considering rewarding experiences, do you find that your current lifestyle matches your aspirations? If not, then consider this — according to Buettner, genetics only contribute around 10-20% towards a long, healthy life. That means a whopping 80% is attributed to your lifestyle. If you want a lifestyle change for the better and are intrigued by happy, Blue Zone-type communities, then contact us today.