In the search to find the best place to create a Canadian Blue Zone — a spot to live to 100 in good health — Vancouver is a pretty good place to start.
It has that magic ingredient common to the five Blue Zones worldwide: Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; and Nicoya, Costa Rica. Its environment makes it easy to choose healthy habits over bad ones.
“We think making healthy choices into easy choices is really impactful,” said Dr. Michael Schwandt, medical health officer with Vancouver Coastal Health, a regional health authority.
“The environment that people live in is very important for that. The approach of simply telling people what they ought to do is definitely not enough.”
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