CRE: Creating communities to live healthier, longer lives

April 5, 2017 3:35 pm

the vancouver sun

The key to living to 100 isn’t found in a special diet, or an exercise regimen. The key to unlocking a long, fruitful life is in how we design the spaces and communities in which we live, shop and work. That was the message Nick Buettner brought to the third edition of Real Estate Development Talks, or RED Talks.

The Saint Paul, Minn., resident is the community program director for the Blue Zones Project, which studies the world’s five areas with extremely high life expectancies: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, Calif.

The following are edited excerpts from Buettner’s talk and from an interview on the sidelines of RED Talks at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre on March 30.

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