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Are You Interested in a Longer, Healthier Life?

Have you ever wondered how long you might live? There are tools available, called life-expectancy calculators, that can provide an estimate based on health, habits, socioeconomic status and family history.

Two such tools are How Long Will I Live? and Living to 100 (https://www.livingto100.com/).  Recently, the Wall Street Journal named the Blue Zones Vitality Compass as the best longevity calculator in the market.

Here is a link to the article:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-best-online-tools-for-retirement-planning-and-living-1421726470

To date, the Vitality Compass has had over 1 million users.  It was created in collaboration with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and takes only three minutes to complete.  It will tell the user the following:

  • Life Expectancy
  • Biological Age (your body age given your habits)
  • Years gained or lost due to current habits
  • Your Health Life Expectancy (age someone will reach before being diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes, or cancer)
  • List of customized suggestions to get more years out of life

In addition, you can sign up for the Vitality Coach, which is a free 6-week online program that will help you make permanent lifestyle improvements in just minutes per day.  As a next step option, it is suggested that you re-take the Vitality Compass to see exactly how your change in habits has affected your health.  Research shows for those that have taken the Vitality Compass, go through the 6-week Vitality Coaching, and then re-take the Vitality Compass report an increase in longevity of 1.59 years.  Check out the Vitality Compass here.

The Blue Zones term comes from research that identified five geographic areas of the world where people live measurably longer and healthier lives.  To read more about the Blue Zones and learn about the shared traits of the world’s longest, lived people, click on this link.

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