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Blue Zone health habits could lead you to being more physically and mentally able to serve God and others.
by National Institutes of Health

Following the examples of people living in “Blue Zones,” you can make wherever you live a healthier place. “Blue Zones” are regions where people have the longest lifespans and health spans (the period of time in your life that you are healthy).

People in these regions have lifestyle habits that align with decades of medical research and are attributed to residents living healthier and longer. Incorporating some of the following Blue Zone health habits could lead you to being more physically and mentally able to serve God and others.

Blue Zone people eat more plants. The more plant-based your diet, the bigger the impact on lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure which can reduce your risk of heart disease. Start slowly by adding vegetables as side dishes and use fruits as your dessert.

Blue Zone people pay attention to being hungry and being full cues. Be mindful of your body’s cues when you eat. For example, it takes roughly 20 minutes, from the time you start eating, for your stomach to send signals to your brain that you’re full. Eat slowly, drink water between bites, be aware of how much you’ve already eaten, and stop eating when you are 80% full.

Active members of the Concordia Health Plan (along with spouses and covered dependents) can learn mindful eating and snacking skills by enrolling in the free Wondr Health program. You’ll also learn to read your body’s signals if you’re hungry or if it’s simply your body telling you to drink more water. Click to get enrolled in the next class.

Blue Zone people have long-lasting social connections. Social relationships have a positive influence on your health, and growing evidence shows that loneliness can have a negative influence on how you age. Plan frequent get-togethers with family. If they live far away, stay in touch through phone calls, emails, Facebook, etc. Being involved with your church also creates a strong sense of community and belonging.

Blue Zone people prioritize movement. Make walking a part of your daily routine — even if it’s just for 15 minutes most days of the week. Find ways to add extra movement into your days by taking the stairs and parking further away from entrances to work, church, and stores.

Blue Zone people know how to cope with stress. When stress goes untreated, it can cause serious implications both mentally and physically. If you’re an active member of the Concordia Health Plan dealing with constant, chronic stress, check out the mental health resources available to you.


Source: National Institutes of Health