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UNI to sponsor 'Blue Zones' speaker

March 11, 2011

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

Author Dan Buettner to share healthy-living lifestyle tips

 CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner will discuss Blue Zones® –  places in the world where higher percentages of people are living longer, healthier lives. He will also discuss how cities are receiving makeovers through his Vitality City movement. Buettner will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in the Commons Ballroom on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Buettner, a researcher, explorer and author, is the founder of Blue Zones®, which specializes in individual and community well-being programs. Buettner is the author of  "The Blue Zones" and "Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way." His National Geographic cover story on longevity, "The Secrets of Living Longer," was one of the top-selling issues in the magazine's history. Buettner has been featured on Oprah, CNN, "Nightline," "Late Night with David Letterman," ABC's "Good Morning America," "The Martha Stewart Show," "Primetime Live" and NBC's "Today."

Buettner's presentation is sponsored by UNI, the Cedar Falls Public Library and the Western Home Communities. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about Blue Zones and Buettner, visit