The Nicoya Peninsula, made up of Carrillo, Hojancha, Nandayure, Nicoya and Santa Cruz, will be an ambassador of longevity for the World Blue Zone Meeting.
The event will take place from November 16-18 and Nicoya will be the center for all its activities where the oldest living people in the zone along with global researchers share knowledge and experiences about the lifestyles that help people live longer.
Those in attendance at the World Blue Zone Meeting will be able to listen to the oldest living people and researchers sharing the secrets of the blue zones. Photo courtesy of the ICT.
Why is this event being celebrated in the Nicoya Peninsula? Because there are five blue zones in the world and Costa Rica is home to the only one in Ibero-America and the largest of the five, which consist of Sardinia in Italy, Japan’s Okinawa Island, Loma Linda in California, U.S.A, the Greek island of Icaria and the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica.
Those in attendance will be able to attend many of Guanacaste’s cultural activities, such as marimba concerts, popular dances, masquerade dances, food festivals, theatre presentations, research forums and spend time with the oldest living people in the peninsula.
One of the most anticipated activities is the GuanacasteArte Festival, organized by the Ministry of Culture, which includes special concerts with Max Goldenberg y Los Unto as well as music from Okinawa, Japan.
“The GuanacasteArte Festival will pay homage to the oldest living residents in the Nicoya Peninsula and will be a showcase for displaying the cultural manifestations of the province to Costa Ricans and to the world,” said Culture Minister Sylvie Durán.
World blue zone researchers will also be in attendance, including demographer and statistician Michael Poulain, one of the topic’s first researchers, as well as National Geographic journalist and researcher Dan Buettner, who made the term blue zone popular with his book “The Blue Zones.”
During one of Buettner’s most recent visits to Costa Rica, he defined blue zones as “a concept of the lifestyle and environment that produces longevity. They are places where people travel on foot more than in car, eat more plants than meat in a diet that includes beans, grains like corn and where family is the reason for being and is number one.”
Costa Rica’s Vice-president Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría said that the event will help the government create public policies to promote longevity for more Costa Ricans.
This event was organized thanks to the efforts of the Health Ministry, the Presidency, the Costa Rica Tourism Institute (ICT), the National Institute for Learning (INA), the National Council for Senior Citizens (Conapam), The Ministry of Culture and the Council for Social Protection (JPS) and the National University (UNA).
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