National Geographic writer and explorer Dan Buettner studies the world's longest-lived peoples, distilling their secrets into a single plan for health and long life.

Why you should listen

What do Seventh-Day Adventists in California, the residents of Sardinia, Italy and the inhabitants of the islands of Okinawa, Japan have in common? They enjoy the longest, healthiest lives on the planet. Dan Buettner assembled a team of researchers to seek out these "hotspots of human health and vitality," which he calls Blue Zones, and to figure out what they do that helps them live so long.

Buettner, a world-renowned explorer and a writer for National Geographic, travels the world seeking out new Blue Zones (he's found five, to date) and speaking at seminars and on TV, sharing the habits that lead to long life. He is the founder of Quest Network, and has set three world records for endurance cycling.

What others say

“Dan Buettner takes us on a journey to explore the secrets of longevity and in so doing introduces us to a world of joy in aging ... at 91, this is very good news!” — Walter Cronkite

Dan Buettner’s TED talk

Quotes from Dan Buettner

It’s hard to reach [the age of] 100. We’re not programmed for longevity. We are programmed for something called procreative success.
Dan Buettner
TEDxTC • 2.2M views Jan 2010
Informative, Inspiring
In Sardinia, the older you get the more equity you have, the more wisdom you’re celebrated for. You go into the bars in Sardinia, instead of seeing the Sports Illustrated swimsuit calendar, you see the centenarian of the month calendar.
Dan Buettner
TEDxTC • 2.2M views Jan 2010
Informative, Inspiring
We know that isolation kills. Fifteen years ago, the average American had three good friends. We’re down to one and half right now.
Dan Buettner
TEDxTC • 2.2M views Jan 2010
Informative, Inspiring