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From the editor: Longevity event offers secrets for living well

Lisa Schlichtman

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — This morning, I hung up the phone after interviewing Jim Meyers, one of Routt County's octogenarians, and felt incredibly inspired.

At 85, Jim has the activity level of a man 50 years his junior. He routinely hikes in the wilderness that surrounds his home in South Routt, mountain bikes around Stagecoach Lake at least twice a week, chops firewood to heat his home and climbs Hahns and Walton peaks in the winter to ski pristine caches of powder.

Jim is just one of the many Yampa Valley residents who are living long and aging gracefully. My conversation with Jim was part of our Longevity Project series that the Steamboat Pilot & Today has been publishing for the past month. Our series, which includes profiles of over 30 "Super Seniors," has focused on Blue Zones research and how nine healthy habits — the Power 9 — can add years to your life.

The Blue Zones are five regions in the world — Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Ogliastra Region, Sardinia; Loma Linda, California; and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica — that researchers discovered have higher concentrations of people who live to be 100 or older. Those findings became the focus of the book, "The Blue Zones: Nine Lessons for Living Longer," written by National Geographic journalist and explorer Dan Buettner.

Our longevity series culminates with a very special Blue Zones event at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 in Allbright Auditorium at Colorado Mountain College, and this is your personal invitation to attend.

Come hear nationally renowned speaker Tony Buettner, Dan Buettner's brother, share how Blue Zones research offers a science-based blueprint for the average American to live another 12 quality years, and listen to a panel discussion with five local health care experts, who will discuss how the Blue Zones can be applied to aging in the Yampa Valley.

If you go

FREE “The Blue Zones” book club discussion
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18
Where: Off the Beaten Path, 68 Ninth St.

FREE open house with book spokesman Tony Buettner
When: 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21
Where: Casey’s Pond, 2855 Owl Hoot Trail

The Longevity Project panel and Buettner keynote
When: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21
Where: Allbright Auditorium at Colorado Mountain College, 1275 Crawford Ave.
Tickets: $25 at bit.ly/longevity2018

Brought to you by Casey’s Pond

Panelists include: Dr. Matthew Freeman, assistant medical director, Steamboat Emergency Center; Shani Bohlin, director of nursing, Casey's Pond Senior Living; Brad Boatright, executive director, Casey's Pond Senior Living; Cara A. Marrs, registered dietitian and nutritionist at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center; and Kenneth J. Davis, executive director, Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership.

This event is for all ages — you don’t need to be a senior citizen to attend.

In his book, Dan Buettner writes, "the brutal reality about aging is that it has only an accelerator pedal . . . the name of the game is to keep from pushing the accelerator pedal so hard that we speed up the aging process." That statement and all the Blue Zones research indicates that the earlier we adopt healthy lifestyles the long we'll live and the happier we'll be.

Visit steamboatpilot.com/longevity for event information.

To reach Lisa Schlichtman, call 970-871-4221, email lschlichtman@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @LSchlichtman.

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