Buettner partnered with AARP in 2009 to apply the principles of Blue Zones to the city of Albert Lea, Minnesota, and successfully raised life expectancy and lowered health care costs by 40 percent there. He’s currently working with Healthways to implement the program in targeted Los Angeles communities.
“We’ve been talking about having Dan Buettner at Mountainfilm in Telluride for several years,” said David Holbrooke, Mountainfilm in Telluride’s festival director, “and with our 2012 focus on population, he’s a perfect fit. By traveling around the world to study longevity, he’s come to understand how people experience not only a long life, but a happy and productive one, as well.”
Buettner’s second book addresses some of the themes of happiness that have been explored at Mountainfilm in Telluride recently with such films as I Am and Happy. Holbrooke predicts that Buettner can “crystallize some of the life lessons from those films, while also looking at the issue from a scientific perspective.”
Buettner joins an exciting roster of Mountainfilm in Telluride guests that includes, among others, filmmaker Ken Burns, world-famous climber Chris Sharma, wildlife photographer Joe Riis, Earth First! co-founder Dave Foreman, and ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber. For more information about this year’s festival, visit mountainfilm.org. Early Bird passes to the 2012 event are available now at mountainfilm.org/festival-passes-tickets.