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Dan Buettner

Dan Buettner

Keynote Speaker: National Geographic Writer, Renowned Explorer & Author of "Blue Zones"

Dan Buettner Biography

Dan Buettner is an explorer, National Geographic Fellow, award-winning journalist and producer, and New York Times bestselling author. He discovered the five places in the world – dubbed blue zones hotspots – where people live the longest, healthiest lives. His articles about these places in The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic are two of the most popular for both publications.

Buettner now works in partnership with municipal governments, large employers, and health insurance companies to implement Blue Zones Projects in communities, workplaces, and universities. Blue Zones Projects are well-being initiatives that apply lessons from the Blue Zones to entire communities by focusing on changes to the local environment, public policy, and social networks. The program has dramatically improved the health of more than 5 million Americans to date.

In his new book “Blue Zones American Kitchen” Buettner uncovers the traditional roots of plant-forward cuisine in the United States. Following the acumen of heritage cooks who have passed their recipes from generation to generation, Buettner uncovers the regions and cultures that have shaped America’s healthiest food landscapes, from Hmong elders living in Minnesota to Quakers in New England. Along the way, he illuminates both traditional and revolutionary ideas in vegetarian food.

With wisdom from more than 50 food experts, chefs, and cooks around the country, Buettner’s road trip across America sheds light on some of its most under-recognized plant-forward communities as Buettner shares the ingredients, recipes, and lifestyle tips that will make living to 100 both delicious and easy.

Buettner also holds three Guinness World Records in distance cycling.

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Dan Buettner Speaking Topics

The Making of A Healthy City

In 2009, Albert Lea, Minnesota, a statistically average American city, completed a one year community health experiment that raised life expectancy by three years, trimmed a collective 12,000 pounds off waistlines and dropped healthcare costs of city workers by some 40%. USA Today, Good Morning America, AARP, ABC Nightline, CNN and U.S. News and World Report all covered the story. Harvard's Dr. Walter Willett, writing in Newsweek magazine called the results stunning. Dan Buettner, founder and director of the AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project created a perfect storm of health that transformed a city. He tells the fascinating story of how one typically obese American city of 18,000 reversed the trend and also got happier. Dan's presentation takes audiences on the year long journey as this town adopts 28 evidence based ways to change their environment to live longer and better. They got healthier without thinking about it.

Thrive: Unlocking the Secrets of Happiness

Science shows that where we live--not education, marital status or wealth-- is the biggest, controllable factor that determines our happiness. So where should we live? A tropical island? Paris? Las Vegas? It's not where you think.

Working with Gallup, The World Values Survey and the World Data Base on Happiness, Dan and his team found the three pockets around the world where people report the highest level of well-being --or happiness. Then, on assignment for National Geographic, he researched each of these hotspots and distilled down the common denominators in each place. What can governments do to maximize the well-being of their citizens? And more importantly, what can we do as individuals to stack the deck in our favor to maximize happiness?

His presentation incorporates National Geographic photographs and short video clips. It transports audiences to places around the globe where people are living happy and meaningful lives. It offers universal strategies on how to best achieve that life balance we all seek.

Blue Zones: Secrets of a Long Life

National Geographic writer Dan Buettner has traveled the globe to uncover the best strategies for longevity and happiness. He identified Blue Zones places where have the greatest life expectancy and where more people reach age 100 than anywhere else. Working with a team of experts, Buettner distilled their secrets into nine common denominators he calls the Power 9. What is the optimal diet for making it to a healthy age 90? Should you be running marathons or doing yoga? What supplements work? Does stress really shorten your life? Dan debunks the most common myths and offers a science-backed blue print for the average American to live another 12 quality years. Using National Geographic photography and a dynamic delivery, Dan takes audiences to each of the Blue Zones and leaves audience with a actionable plan to live longer, healthier lives.

Dan Buettner Videos

Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones | Official Trailer | Netflix
Dr. John McDougall and Dan Buettner talk about the Blue Zones
Secrets to Live a Long Life from Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow

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What topics does Dan Buettner speak about?

Dan Buettner is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Adventure, Generational Issues, Business Leadership, Authors, Personal Growth, Health, Empowerment, Medicine, Aging, Men's Health, Cycling, Inspirational, Writing, Athlete, Motivational, Healthcare, TED, Fitness, Business Growth, Energy, Innovation, Business, College, Education, Literary, Sports, Poetry, Stress, Environment, Culture, Leadership, Sustainability, Business Ethics, Ethics & Integrity and Corporate Strategy.

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Dan Buettner is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Adventure Speakers, Generational Issues and Business Leadership. The estimated speaking fee range to book Dan Buettner for live events is $50,000 - $100,000, and for virtual events $30,000 - $50,000. Dan Buettner generally travels from Miami, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Daymond John, Neal Petersen and Ray Kurzweil. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dan Buettner for an upcoming event.

Dan Buettner Speaking Topics

  • The Making of A Healthy City

    In 2009, Albert Lea, Minnesota, a statistically average American city, completed a one year community health experiment that raised life expectancy by three years, trimmed a collective 12,000 pounds off waistlines and dropped healthcare costs of city workers by some 40%. USA Today, Good Morning America, AARP, ABC Nightline, CNN and U.S. News and World Report all covered the story. Harvard's Dr. Walter Willett, writing in Newsweek magazine called the results stunning. Dan Buettner, founder and director of the AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project created a perfect storm of health that transformed a city. He tells the fascinating story of how one typically obese American city of 18,000 reversed the trend and also got happier. Dan's presentation takes audiences on the year long journey as this town adopts 28 evidence based ways to change their environment to live longer and better. They got healthier without thinking about it.

  • Thrive: Unlocking the Secrets of Happiness

    Science shows that where we live--not education, marital status or wealth-- is the biggest, controllable factor that determines our happiness. So where should we live? A tropical island? Paris? Las Vegas? It's not where you think.

    Working with Gallup, The World Values Survey and the World Data Base on Happiness, Dan and his team found the three pockets around the world where people report the highest level of well-being --or happiness. Then, on assignment for National Geographic, he researched each of these hotspots and distilled down the common denominators in each place. What can governments do to maximize the well-being of their citizens? And more importantly, what can we do as individuals to stack the deck in our favor to maximize happiness?

    His presentation incorporates National Geographic photographs and short video clips. It transports audiences to places around the globe where people are living happy and meaningful lives. It offers universal strategies on how to best achieve that life balance we all seek.

  • Blue Zones: Secrets of a Long Life

    National Geographic writer Dan Buettner has traveled the globe to uncover the best strategies for longevity and happiness. He identified Blue Zones places where have the greatest life expectancy and where more people reach age 100 than anywhere else. Working with a team of experts, Buettner distilled their secrets into nine common denominators he calls the Power 9. What is the optimal diet for making it to a healthy age 90? Should you be running marathons or doing yoga? What supplements work? Does stress really shorten your life? Dan debunks the most common myths and offers a science-backed blue print for the average American to live another 12 quality years. Using National Geographic photography and a dynamic delivery, Dan takes audiences to each of the Blue Zones and leaves audience with a actionable plan to live longer, healthier lives.

Dan Buettner Videos

Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones | Official Trailer | Netflix
Dr. John McDougall and Dan Buettner talk about the Blue Zones
Secrets to Live a Long Life from Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow
Dan Buettner Shares the Secret to a Long and Happy Life
Dan Buettner: How to Be Happy - YouTube

Dan Buettner Reviews

  • Queens University of Charlotte - Feb 29 2024

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