Adventist Health West Acquisition of Blue Zones, LLC

Dear Community Champion,

We are excited to announce that Blue Zones has been acquired by Adventist Health, a mission-driven, non-profit health system that serves more than 80 communities on the West Coast in more than 20 hospitals and 250 clinics.

What does this mean for the future?

Blue Zones is proud to be the global leader and pioneer in using an environmental, systematic approach to improving the health of entire cities and communities. Adventist Health shares our mission, vision, and values, and their community integration efforts align perfectly with our work.

By combining our mission-driven cultures, we can scale our efforts and resulting impact at a whole new level and in the process truly provide the model to transform the health of America. We believe this partnership represents the future of healthcare in America.

Our entire staff is now part of the Adventist Health family. Our leadership, staff, and contact information will remain the same.


We come to work every day to make the health of our communities, our nation, and our world better. This commitment is stronger than ever during this global crisis.

If you have any questions about this exciting news, please contact me at any time.

Please find attached press releases that went out today specific to the Blue Zones,LLC acquisition by Adventist Health West and the extension with our strategic partners at Sharecare.


Sincerest thanks,

Tony Buettner

Blue Zones Adventist Health Press Release – FINAL _1_

Blue Zones Sharecare Press Release 040720

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program at UAMS Starting this Month!

Be ready to be TRANSFORMED!

MBSR Classes will be offered beginning Spring of 2020!  Open to the Public and the Community.

Learn how to develop the practical skills and techniques that can help you cultivate positivity, inner strength and peace, which can be useful in times of difficulty, stress, illness and pain.

We offer the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program that was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the 1979. MBSR is the gold-standard  and one of the most research-validated mindfulness intervention in the scientific literature. The UAMS MBSR Program is an intensive eight-week, nine-session training in mindfulness awareness. Classes meet weekly for about two hours and for an all-day session towards the end of the course. The all-day session allows participants to immerse themselves more deeply in the practices of mindfulness meditation and mindful movement. The MBSR program will enable participants to systematically deploy these tools as well as to mindfully explore healthier relationships with the day-to-day challenges and demands of life. We offer a peaceful, safe and supportive learning environment for all program participants. Our classes are designed to be experiential and the didactic instructions are achieved through the following:

  • Guided mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful movement exercises
  • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Mentored instructions on MBSR meditation practices
  • Printed and digital materials and resources, such as workbooks, MP3 files, among others.

UAMS MBSR Course Overview Drop-in/Web Sessions

If you are interested in learning more about the UAMS MBSR Course and would like to talk to someone about this opportunity, please attend any of the MBSR Overview Drop-in Sessions, or you can call into the Sessions using the conference details below.

The MBSR Overview Sessions will be held at the UAMS College of Public Health (Rahn Building room G230), 220 Campus Drive Little Rock, AR 72205. Parking is available at Parking Deck #2 across the Rahn Building. For directions, please go to this link.

  • Date/Times/Location in UAMS Campus:
    – March 10, 2020 from 11:30am to 12:30pm (Room RAHN G230)
    – March 17, 2020 from 11:30am to 12:30pm (Room RAHN G230)
  • Web/Conference Call: (TBD)

SPRING 2020 Schedule

  • Orientation: Wednesday, April 1, 2020; 5:30 to 7:00 pm (Room IDW 115A)
  • Classes 1 through 8: Every Wednesday, April 8 to May 27, 2020;  5:30 to 8:00 pm (Room IDW 115A)
  • All-day Class and Retreat: Saturday, May 23, 2020; 8:00 am to 3:30 pm (Room IDW 115A)

FALL 2020 Schedule

  • Orientation: Tuesday, September 29, 2020; 5:30 to 7:00 pm (Room IDW 115A)
  • Classes 1 through 8: Every Tuesday, October 6 to November 24, 2020;  5:30 to 8:00 pm (Room IDW 115A)
  • All-day Class and Retreat: Saturday, November 21, 2020; 8:00 am to 3:30 pm (Room IDW 115A)

VENUE: All classes will be held at the UAMS I. Dodd Wilson Education Building (IDW) in UAMS, 116 Hooper Drive Little Rock, AR 72205. Get Parking and Directions Information

To REGISTER for the MBSR Course, or if you have questions, please email Dr. Pele Yu at

Course Registration Fees and Scholarship Information

Orientation Class Overview

Attending the Orientation Class is necessary part of the MBSR Program (up to 1.5 hours). During Orientation, you will be able to meet the course instructor and the other program participants. You will also learn about what Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is and you will have the opportunity to clarify aspects of the program and to explore further whether this program is a good fit for you. More importantly, you will have the opportunity to experience some of the mindfulness tools that can be learned during the class. This is also the time for you to confirm your enrollment, registration and reserve your spot in the program.

All-Day Class/Retreat Overview

The UAMS MBSR Program includes an All-Day Class, or a Retreat (up to 7.5 hours), usually on a weekend towards the end of the course. During the All Day Class, the participants will be able to apply the tools learned during the regular classes in a Retreat-style and format. The activities during the Retreat is designed to assist the participants in firmly and effectively establishing the use of mindfulness across multiple situations in their lives as well as preparing them to leverage mindful practices beyond the MBSR program. Lunch will be offered during the All Day Class.

Example Course Outline

    • This session gives an overview of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences MBSR Program.
    • Meet your classmates, instructor, and review logistics and expectations for the course.
  • WEEK 1
    • Learn the theoretical underpinnings of mind-body medicine and its utility in daily  living
    • Introduction to Present Moment awareness through guided mindful eating, mindful breathing, and the body-scan exercises.
  • WEEK 2
    • Understanding how we respond to stressful scenarios and learn how apply the body-scan technique to cultivate self-awareness of how we react to stressful situations.
    • Bringing awareness to how perceive the present-moment and how we view/perceive the world around us; learning the possibility of changing the way we perceive and respond to difficulties and challenges will impact the short- and long-term effects of stress on our mind and body.
  • WEEK 3
    • Learn about other mindfulness practices such as mindful hatha yoga, sitting meditation, and walking meditation.
    • Time to share your experiences with formal practice and integrating mindfulness into your day-to-day living. Learn to connect with pleasant moments found in daily life.
  • WEEK 4
    • Learn to cultivate curiosity and open awareness to the full range of experience, and allow for the ability to develop attention regulation and flexibility.
    • Development the ability to concentrate and systematically expand your field of awareness.
  • WEEK 5
    • Being familiar with the foundations of mindfulness, students will learn about techniques that can be applied to specific challenges to cultivating mindful practices.
    • Learn about Loving Kindness Meditation
  • WEEK 6
    • Focusing on mindfulness strategies to enhance inner resources that can lead to Resilience or “stress hardiness”, which is the ability to return to equilibrium after stressful situations.
    • Learn about the fundamentals of interpersonal mindfulness, cultivating the awareness and presence during situations where communication is often laced with strong emotions.
    • This is an all-day silent retreat allowing experience of a longer-form and deeper meditation practice.
    • Allow the participants the opportunity to put into practice all the skills learned in a supportive community environment.
  • WEEK 7
    • Learn how to integrate Mindfulness in daily life through ones own experience
    • Learn how to maintain the discipline and flexibility of daily practice as circumstances change over the course of your life.
  • WEEK 8
    • Learn how to carry the momentum forward, acknowledging ones progress and be able to develop sustainable mindfulness practices after the program.
    • Learn about the resources that are available to support your evolving practice

Source: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program in Arkansas

Does Your Dad Ever Regret That He Walked Away From The Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Empire And All The Money He Would Have Made? by Ocean Robbins

Ocean Robbins is co-founder & CEO of the 450,000+ member Food Revolution Network. He has spoken in person to more than 200,000 people in live events, and he has organized and facilitated hundreds of seminars and gatherings for leaders from 65+ nations. Ocean founded Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) at age 16, and directed it for the next 20 years.

He has served as adjunct professor for Chapman University, and is a recipient of the national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service, the Freedom’s Flame Award, the Harmon Wilkinson Award, and many other honors. He was selected by Time and Audubon as among the heroes of the new millennium, and is author of 31-Day Food Revolution: Simple Steps To Heal Your Body, Feel Great, And Transform The World (Grand Central Life & Style, January 2018).

31-Day Food Revolution

Blue and You Fitness Challenge 2020! – Get Healthy UAMS

The Blue & You Fitness Challenge is here! The Challenge provides UAMS with an opportunity to rally together for fitness and compete against other teams of our size. The Blue & You Fitness Challenge is a three-month (March 1 – May 31) contest. The Challenge aims to prove you can…

Continue reading here: Blue and You Fitness Challenge 2020! – Get Healthy UAMS

(I was thrilled to find this a few minutes ago while Googling around. A UAMS employee borrowed some yoga mats from Ottenheimer Fitness Center yesterday to use for their first department yoga class to be led by a fellow employee who’s also a yoga practitioner. Thanks to her, I found out about UAMS’ involvement with the Blue & You Fitness Challenge – yet another encouraging activity in which they are participating.)

Ep. 8: Robby Barbaro-Having Diabetes Has Been a Gift – Plant-Strong with Rip Esselstyn 

Robby Barbaro is a seeker. After being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 12, Barbaro set off on a quest to optimize his health, buck conventional beliefs and thrive in spite of his illness. His drive for truth has become his life’s work.

“It’s not the banana’s fault,” he stresses, when it comes to the confusion and lack of understanding around eating fruit and managing diabetes. Barbaro is the co-founder of Mastering Diabetes, a comprehensive program developed to help people both understand the science of insulin resistance and take control of their health through a low-fat plant-based diet. Together with Dr. Cyrus Khambatta, they just released their first book by the same name.

Type II diabetes, in particular, is preventable and even reversible if you put the right lifestyle habits into play. And, contrary to what you may have heard, all forms of this devastating disease can be mitigated with a whole-foods, plant-based diet. If you’re willing to communicate and be vulnerable, he says, you can optimize your health and enjoy this wonderful diet of abundance and not deprivation.

Episode Resources:

Plant-Strong Podcast:

Mastering Diabetes Website:

Mastering Diabetes new book:…

Know your numbers! Plant-Strong has partnered with the nation’s leader in direct-to-consumer lab testing.

For a list of recommended tests and a money-saving bundle, visit our website:

Support for this week’s episode comes from Wild Earth Dog Food – use promo code: PLANTSTRONG for 40% order:

From Dr. John McDougall:

Get your copy of Mastering Diabetes
Did you know that in today’s world diabetes affects more than 115 million people in the United States?Unfortunately, that’s a scary statistic because it means that diabetes affects 1 in every 3 people – and with every year the numbers keep growing.Whether you’re living with any form of diabetes or whether diabetes affects a loved one – it’s important to know that the food you eat is the most important determinant of your overall health.
That’s why we’re proud to support the work of Cyrus Khambatta, PhD and Robby Barbaro, MPH, authors of the new book Mastering Diabetes – The Revolutionary Method to Reverse Insulin Resistance in Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, Prediabetes, and Gestational Diabetes.

Mastering Diabetes is available wherever books are sold: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target, Walmart and your local book store!

You can also purchase a digital version where ebooks are sold: Kindle, Apple Books, Nook, Google Play, and Kobo.

Additionally, you can purchase the audiobook read by Cyrus and Robby from Audible, Google Play and everywhere audiobooks are sold.In this groundbreaking book, you’ll discover:The science of insulin resistance that your doctor never taught youThe exact foods that cause high blood glucose, weight gain, high cholesterol, and high blood pressureThe long-term side effects of a ketogenic diet The exact foods to eat to achieve your best A1c, lose weight permanently, gain energy, and drop your chronic disease riskA simple formula to eat as much fruit, potatoes, and whole grains as you want!Cyrus and Robby have both been living with type 1 diabetes for more than 36 years combined, and have helped more than 3,000 people reverse insulin resistance using the groundbreaking method in this book that’s based on almost 100 years of scientific research.

The foreword is written by Dr. Neal Barnard, MD, who has performed multiple clinical trials demonstrating the tremendous power of a plant-based diet for reversing insulin resistance, promoting weight loss, and improving beta cell function.If you or a loved one suffers from diabetes, this book may be the answer you’ve been searching for! 

Pick up your copy of Mastering Diabetes today (and prepare to be amazed)!


What Can We Do To Stop A Future Where Antibiotics Don’t Work? by David Wallinga, M.D., Maryn McKenna

David Wallinga, the Food Dr., is a physician who’s spent his career advocating for environments and food supplies that support Americans’ health, rather than eroding them. He’s here today to talk about what most experts agree is one of today’s greatest threats to American’s health – the worsening epidemic of drug-resistant superbugs, and how the senseless overuse of precious antibiotics in producing conventional meats are helping render those antibiotics ineffective for you, your grandkids and for generations to come.

Dr. Wallinga currently is Senior Health Officer at the Natural Resources Defense Council. He also is co-founder of Healthy Food Action. He holds a Masters from Princeton University, and a medical degree from the University of Minnesota. You can read more about his work at… or follow him on Twitter @Food_Dr.

Maryn McKenna is an independent journalist and author who specializes in public health, global health and food policy. She is a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and the author of the 2017 bestseller Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats (National Geographic Books, Sept. 2017), named a Best Book of 2017 by Amazon, Science News, Smithsonian Magazine, Civil Eats, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Toronto Globe and Mail, as well as an Essential Science Read by Wired.. Her 2015 TED Talk, “What do we do when antibiotics don’t work any more?”, has been viewed more than 1.5 million times and translated into 33 languages.

Connect with The Real Truth About Health……

Passionate believers in whole food plant based diets, no chemicals, minimal pharmaceutical drugs, no GMO’s. Fighting to stop climate change and extinction.

What’s The Downside To Eating A Little Bit Of Animal Products?

What’s The Downside To Eating A Little Bit Of Animal Products?

Brian Clement, Ph.D., Alan Goldhamer, D.C., Anna Maria Clement, Ph.D., Pamela Popper, N.D., Michael Klaper, M.D.

Connect with The Real Truth About Health……

Passionate believers in whole food plant based diets, no chemicals, minimal pharmaceutical drugs, no GMO’s. Fighting to stop climate change and extinction.

Please support the sponsors of our conference http://www.therealtruthabouthealthcon…

Health Science Magazine’s Interview of Dr. Scott Stoll

Dear Plantrician Project Friends,

We’d like to share with you an interview with our Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Scott Stoll, that’s featured in this month’s Health Science Magazine.

In the interview, Dr. Stoll not only shares a bit about himself and how his medical practice changed when he incorporated plant-based nutrition into it, but he also shares his thoughts on a wide range of topics including what’s fueling the growth of the plant-based movement, proper supplementation, incorporating plant-based nutrition into a life of faith and family, as well as the importance of hope in helping behavior changes stick.

We hope you enjoy this and the other insightful articles featured in this issue.

In Health,

The Plantrician Project Team 

Clear here to read Dr. Stoll’s interview.

Blue Zones January, 2020 Update from Tony Buettner

Dear Community Champions,

I hope this email finds you well and Thriving!

As most of you know, The last few months have been very exciting here at Blue Zones with the release of Dan Buettner’s “Blue Zones Kitchen” which was the number 1 selling book on and on the NY Time best selling list for 8 weeks!

In addition, lots of new Blue Zones Projects and Blue Zones Activates starting around the country!

I wanted to share with you the media coverage over the last month per you area of interest being it research, Blue Zones Projects, Blue Zones Kitchen or Blue Zones Activate!

We look forward to continued conversations to bring these important collaborations to your community!


American Journal of Medicine: The Blue Zones as a Model for Physician Well-Being

Well + Good: 9 Healthy Foods Greek Centenarians Eat for Longevity

mindbodygreen: 19 Best Pieces of Advice We Heard On Our Podcast This Year

Good Housekeeping: 45 Achievable New Year’s Resolutions for Healthier and Happier Living

Well + Good: Calling it: These will be the biggest wellness trends of 2020

Shape: What is the Blue Zone Diet?

Well + Good: Prevent Mindless Eating by Organizing Your Kitchen Like the Longest Living People in the World

Sharecare: Want to Live to 100? Go Here

Express: How to live longer: A ‘blue zones’ diet could increase life expectancy

Insider: Biologically younger people who defy their real age often have 5 things in common

GQ: Does Japan’s Okinawa hold the secret to a longer life?

Well + Good: 8 Healthy Foods Italian Centenarians Eat Each Day for Longevity

Well + Good: 7 Healthy Foods Japanese Centenarians Eat Each Day for Longevity

NBC News: Want to live to be 100? Take a page from these “Blue Zone” residents’ playbook

Well + Good: Are Your Friends Health Heroes or Holding You Back? Here’s How to Find Out

MSN: Actually, casual conversations are legitimately helpful for keeping you healthy

The New York Times: How to Be a Better Friend

Wes Moss: Interview with Dan Buettner, author of Blue Zones

Well + Good: 8 Science-Backed Things You Can Do Now to Help You Live Longer

USA Today: Seven strategies to put your diet on a plant-based path

BBC: Gardening could be the hobby that helps you live to 100

ON PURPOSE with Jay Shetty Podcast: Dan Buettner and Ben Leedle: On How to Design Your Life to Live Longer, Healthier, and Happier

SELF: 9 Books That Will Change Your Relationship With Food

Business Insider.My: Nutrition myths that we stopped believing in 2019, including the carnivore diet and ‘superfoods’  


Feel Good Podcast: Eating for Longevity with Dan Buettner

New York Journal of Books: The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100

Forks Over Knives: Dispatch from Okinawa—What the World’s Longest-Lived Women Eat

TODAY Show: Can the ‘Blue Zones’ lifestyle help Americans live past 100? This group tried it

AARP: Emmy-winning Filmmaker Dan Buettner on Blue Zones

mindbodygreen: 3 Unexpected Habits of People Who Live Longer, From the Founder of Blue Zones

Insider: The man who unlocked the world’s secret to living to age 100 says you can skip the gym

Insider: 7 foods that the world’s longest-living people swear by, from wine to nuts

CNN: A ‘blue zones’ diet: Live longer from what you eat

TODAY Show: 4 recipes from around the world that could help you live longer

TODAY Show: ‘The Blue Zones Kitchen’ collects recipes of the world’s oldest people

Distractify: Everyone is Talking About the Blue Zones Diet—But is it Actually Healthy?

Downtown with Rich Kimball: Dan Buettner 12.3.19

First For Women: Want to Live Longer? Try Eating More Carbs Like Blue Zones Super-Agers

The New York Times Bestsellers: Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous  

The New York Times Bestsellers: Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous (2nd Week)

Medium: The Eating Habits of the Longest-Lived People in the World 

The Washington Post: Publishers Weekly Best-Sellers

Furthermore: 5 books high performers should read this month

Easy Reader News: The wisdom of ancient kitchens

CNBC: 9 self-care gifts for your stressed out friends and family

Well + Good: The 9 Best Healthy Cookbooks of 2019 that Inspire Us to Eat and Live Well

E! News: Daily Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide for Her 2019

Eating Well: These 5 Healthy Habits Could Help You Live to 100, According to a Longevity Expert

CNET: The Best New Health and Wellness Books to Read in 2020

Maria Shriver: Ikaria Stew from the Blue Zones Kitchen

Equinox: 5 books high performers should read this month

National Geographic: 12 Great Books for Travelers This Holiday Season

Wall Street Journal: Best-Selling Books Week Ended December 28 (BZK #1)

Fox Business: How the Blue Zones diet is helping Americans in these cities live longer

Sony Alpha: Alpha Book Club: 8 Books for the Photography Lover in Your Life

Hallmark Home & Family: Melis Family Minestrone

National Geographic: For a Long Life, These Are the Foods to Live By

KYMN Radio: The Blue Zones Kitchen — 100 recipes to live to 100

WBUR (NPR): Here & Now: What Blue Zones Can Teach Us About Getting Healthy in 2020

BuzzFeed: We Ate Like The Longest Living People for a Week

Yahoo Finance: How the ‘Blue Zones’ diet is helping Americans in these cities live longer

Better Homes & Gardens: These ‘Blue Zones’ Foods May Help You Live Longer—Wine and Bread Included

Medium: New Year, New You

PBS—Amanpour & Co: Dan Buettner on the Diets That Help People Live Longer 


Just Spas & Adventures: Longevity Programs and Retreats by Blue Zones—Borgo Egnazia in Puglia, Italy

Luxury Travel Advisor: Borgo Egnazia Partners with Blue Zones

Hartford Courant: Hartford proposes streets for Connecticut’s first “bike boulevards” that would restrict cars and favor cyclists

WLRN: Fort Lauderdale Wins Grant to Get People Out of their Cars and onto Flagler Greenway

Forbes: Five Cities Named Winners in the ‘Made To Move’ Grant Program

Meeting of the Minds: Made to Move are Helping Cities Redesign for Active Transit



Florida Trend: Collier County’s Blue Zones Project sees rate of heart disease deaths drop

Easy Reader News: Tripping over Health with Blue Zones Project

Hawaii Tribune Herald: Hawaii Island communities earn Blue Zones certification

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Fort Worth’s bike share will be free the first Friday of each month in 2020

NBCDFW: Fighting Hunger with Blue Zones Project Fort Worth

Go Erie: Corry Blue Zones receives $20,000 grant

Newsday: Good to Know: Japanese-inspired fitness groups are just seniors’ speed

Erie News Now: Corry Blue Zones Project Receives $130,000 in Funding

Herald and News: Safe Routes Partnership Selects Blue Zones Project

Orlando News Amplified: Blue Zones to Explore Community Well-being Project

Orlando Business Journal: Wellness Initiative so Residents Can Live Longer

Austin Statesman: Austin a candidate for ‘Blue Zones’ health project

Yahoo Finance: Whole Foods and Blue Zones Join Forces

Weatherford Democrat: Texas Health’s well-being program among nation’s best

PRWeb: Blue Zones and Barry Community Foundation Launch Groundbreaking Countywide Transformation

PRWeb: Groundbreaking Blue Zones Project Expands to Canada

The Transylvania Times: Initiative to Help Brevard Make “Healthier Choices”

Strong Towns: Building Healthier Places that Reflect Our Values