What on Earth is a “Blue Zone”?

PFCS is committed to promoting mental and physical health and well-being for all community members.  We are pleased and excited that our staff and clients will have the chance to participate in a new initiative called The Blue Zone Project, sponsored by the Fallbrook Regional Health District!




What is a Blue Zone?

On www.BlueZonesProject.com, it is described as follows:

”The concept of “Blue Zones” grew out of the demographic work done by Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain outlined the Journal of Experimental Gerontology, identifying Sardinia as the region of the world with the highest concentration of male centenarians. Pes and Poulain drew concentric blue circles on the map highlighting these villages of extreme longevity and began to refer to this area inside the circle as the “Blue Zone.”

Building on that demographic work, Dan Buettner pinpointed other longevity hotspots around the world and dubbed them “Blue Zones.” Blue Zones® is now a trademark of Blue Zones, LLC, and reflects the lifestyle and the environment of the world’s longest-lived people. He has discovered five places in the world ­– dubbed “Blue Zones” – where people live the longest, and are healthiest: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece, and Loma Linda, California.”

Under the leadership of the Fallbrook Regional Health District, the communities of Fallbrook, Rainbow, De Luz, and Bonsall have begun the process of becoming certified as a Blue Zone.   PFCS staff was part of a site visit and several focus groups in May, and will be participating in activities throughout the next year as we work together to promote health and well-being in the greater Fallbrook area.  This will include family-friendly activities, cooking classes, opportunities for people to form deeper relationships, and increase their sense of purpose.

One of the principles of The Blue Zone is to “Make the healthy choice the easy choice.”

If you would like to receive The Blue Zone Newsletter, sign up on their website: https://www.bluezones.com/contact/

PFCS staff at Blue Zone site visit and focus group