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Vicki Held: My Journey To The Blue Zones Project


Last updated 2/3/2021 at 4:17pm

Katina Hansen, of Blue Ridge Bakery (right), gives a cooking class focusing on plant-based ingredients. (Courtesy photos)

In the fall of 2018, I was hiking in the Dolomites in northern Italy.

My husband opted for an easier hike that day, but I took off with an alpine guide and two members of our Backroads group on an alpine adventure.

During the 12-mile, high-altitude hike, Dr. Chris Dickson, from Greensboro, asked me if I had ever heard of Blue Zones and the Power 9.

I had not.

Chris and his daughter had developed a first-grade curriculum incorporating lessons learned from the Power 9.

During that day we hiked, talked and I was educated about Dan Buettner's travels to find the best practices in he...

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