A Fresh Approach – The Blue Zones Nutrition Workshop

Posted on Feb 27, 2018

Did you know there are areas of the world where people not only live the longest but have better quality of life without many of our Western diseases?

These are referred to as the Blue Zones and there are five regions in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the U.S. that researchers have identified as having the highest concentrations of centenarians in the world. These are the five specific places:

  1. Sardinia, Italy (a small island off the coast of Italy, specifically an area called the Nuoro Province)
  2. Ikaria, Greece
  3. Okinawa, Japan
  4. Nicoya, Costa Rica
  5. Loma Linda, California (an area where the religious group called the Seventh-day Adventists live.)Most people living in the Blue Zones share characteristics such as:

  • Enjoy physical activity incorporated naturally into their daily lives. (like gardening or walking)
  • A sense of purpose (like caring for grandchildren or civic volunteering)
  • Low stress levels and a slower pace of life
  • Strong family and community connections
  • A diet characterizes by moderate caloric intake, mostly from plant sources

Bernadette Festa, Oncology Certified Registered Dietitian.

At an upcoming Alta Bates Summit Medical Center workshop, Bernadette Festa, an Oncology Certified Registered Dietitian will focus on how a “fresh” approach to eating can increase the quality of life, especially for people living with cancer.

“Nutrition is powerful and eating plenty of high antioxidant foods can help make a difference in lowering inflammation and interfering with cancer growth,” she says. “People in blue zones eat an impressive variety of garden vegetables including a healthy diet of herbs.”

Festa says that eating a BlueZone diet can’t cure cancer but it can help minimize the process and create a ‘boulder’ to help  interfere with tumor formation and progression.

“I want to encourage people to eat as fresh as they can,” she says. “Grow your own vegetables, visit your farmers market and research edible plants to eat. Our local area is a real hotbed for urban foraging.”

Click here to register online for this free class or call 510-204-1284 to reserve a seat.

When: Wednesday, March 14 – 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Where: Maffly Auditorium, Herrick Campus, 2001 Dwight Way, Berkeley
Free Valet Parking: Circular driveway off Dwight Way

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