The Garden District Cottages are designed conducive to healthy living and physical activity to optimize residents longevity and well-being based on the Blue Zones Power 9 Principles.
People who live in a Blue Zones Community® have characteristics in common; these are called “Power 9 Principles.”
Move naturally – Get more physically active by walking in the community, do manual labor around the house and yard, and grow gardens.
Know your purpose – People who know why they get up in the morning live up to seven years longer than those who don’t.
Down shift – To reverse inflammation related to every major age-related disease, find time each day to meditate, nap, pray or enjoy a happy hour.
80 percent rule – It takes the stomach 20 minutes to tell the brain it is full, causing most people to accidentally overeat. Stop eating when 80 percent full.
Plant slant – Eat a mostly plant-based diet heavy on beans, nuts and green plants. This is consistent with U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendations.
Wine at 5 – For those who have a healthy relationship with alcohol, 1-2 glasses of wine daily can add years to a life, especially when combined with a healthy diet.
Family first – Living in a thriving family is worth six extra years of life expectancy.
Belong – Recommit, reconnect or explore a faith-based community. No matter which faith, studies show that people who show up to their faith community four times a month live an extra four to 14 years.
Right tribe – Friends have a long-term impact on well-being. Expand a social circle to include healthy-minded, supportive people. This could be the most powerful way to add years to a life.
Source: Blue Zones Project, bluezonesproject.com