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Albert Lea Residents Add 3.1 Years of Life Expectancy
Date:10/13/2009

AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project Inspired Residents to Make Simple Changes, Transforming an Entire Community

ALBERT LEA, Minn., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The AARP(R)/Blue Zones(R) Vitality Project sponsored by United Health Foundation today announced that the life expectancy of the citizens of Albert Lea increased an average of 3.1 years per person during the unprecedented 10-month city-wide health makeover. The project was designed to inspire residents to take charge of their health so that they can live longer, better.

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More than 2,300 residents followed the Vitality Compass(R) -- an interactive tool on www.aarp.org/bluezonesproject that helps measure an individual's projected life expectancy based on current behaviors.

"Congratulations to Albert Lea for showing that by taking on this project in full force, one small town in America can become a model for improving health," said Nancy Graham, Editor, AARP The Magazine. "We're looking forward to sharing the results of their efforts with our 40 million members in our January/February issue and coming back in 2010 for a one-year check-in."

"We at the United Health Foundation are proud to have underwritten this project," said Daniel Johnson, executive director, United Health Foundation. "The people of Albert Lea have demonstrated that by making modest changes, a community can make meaningful health improvements."

Since January 2009, community leaders have been working to make changes to their community that will promote health and longevity. The AARP(R)/Blue Zones(R) Vitality Project was an unprecedented attempt to put into practice the principles that Blue Zones founder Dan Buettner discovered while exploring places around the world
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