Research into blue zones longevity enriches Florida youth – and Netflix

As Live to 100: Secrets of the blue zones plays on Netflix, Miami’s Blue Zones Center partners with Overtown Youth Center to invest in local youth.

The much-anticipated four-part docuseries Live to 100: Secrets of the blue zones premiered last week on Netflix. The series promises viewers a journey with author Dan Buettner to explore five unique communities where longevity is the norm and vibrancy is the lifestyle.

Longevity.Technology: In the early 2000s, Dan Buettner collaborated with National Geographic to reverse-engineer a formula for longevity. He scoured the globe for places where people have extraordinary longevity, living much longer than average. The places identified in his search are termed blue zones and comprise Okinawa in Japan, Sardinia in Italy, Ikaria in Greece, Nicoya in Costa Rica and Loma Linda in California. As well as having the highest rates of living centenarians, these five spots share some similar elements – a plant-based diet, natural movement and putting family first – that have been proven to promote longevity and health in their residents.

Live to 100: Secrets of the blue zones takes a journey around the world to investigate the diet and lifestyles of those living the longest lives, and Buettner offers insight on how to benefit from following at least some of blue zone inhabitants’ practices.

The Blue Zones Center in Miami has granted Overtown Youth Center a Netflix subscription to access Live to 100: Secrets of the blue zones. The Center hopes that those at the youth centre will enjoy the series, as well accessing other educational collections on Netflix. The Center describes its goal as “twofold: to present an educational journey and to inspire.”

Stephen Watson, Visionary Managing Partner of Blue Zones Center, Miami said: “Our mission is rooted in a dedication to our community, in illuminating the minds of our young generation with global perspectives that can shape their futures in the most positive ways.

“We have always prioritized seeking avenues to elevate and offer enriching experiences for the exceptional youth at The Overtown Youth Center … We wish for the youth to glean insights and takeaways from the two decades of research into blue zones’ lifestyle and nutrition. Our commitment to OYC is unwavering as we continuously seek ways to broaden horizons and pave pathways for growth [1].”

Watson cited the leadership of Overtown Youth Center’s CEO Tina Brown and her team’s dedication as being key in shaping the futures of many young individuals, adding that the Center has profound appreciation for the transformative work Brown and her team are achieving at OYC.

Research into Blue Zones longevity enriches Florida youth – and Netflix

Tina Brown commented: “This gesture is more than just access to a series; it’s an opportunity for our youth to understand the world better, its cultures, and the secrets to a good life. We’re grateful for this partnership and the shared vision to shape a brighter future [1].”

In a gesture of celebration, Dan Kodsi, CEO of Royal Palm Companies, illuminated the Paramount Residences in Miami blue, with the words Blue zones, live to 100, in order to pay tribute to the groundbreaking work of National Geographic, the entire Blue Zones team and Miami’s own Dan Buettner.

“Miami is truly in for a treat! I urge everyone not to miss Live to 100: Secrets of the blue zones premiering this week on Netflix. Let us celebrate the wonder of life and the mysteries of longevity together,” Watson said [1].


Photos courtesy of Netflix/Blue Zones Center, Miami