MINNEAPOLIS, September 19, 2006–On January 29, 2007, the Quest Network will take students on a Blue Zones quest, a three-week, inquiry-based, online, adventure learning project. Together they will unlock the secrets of longevity and learn skills for healthy living. The Blue Zones Quest and curriculum guide are offered free of charge to teachers thanks to corporate sponsors Allianz and Davisco Foods. Teachers can obtain the guide by visiting www.bluezones.com.

The Blue Zones web site (www.bluezones.com) offers additional activities to extend the Quest beyond the online component which include:

The Blue Zones Challenge, a four-week health and fitness program that empowers students to take charge of their own health. Students apply what they find in the Quest to their own lives and create their own personal Blue Zones for a healthier life. As part of the challenge, they sign a contract to record and share daily health habits with schools around the world.

Families may also participate in the Blue Zones Challenge and compete for prizes, including the grand prize of an iPOD shuffle.

The Legacy Project, a multi-disciplinary research project for students to find “super seniors” in their community. Students become real scientific sleuths, using the same techniques the Quest team in the field is using to identify and learn from successful agers. Results submitted to the Quest team by students will be shared with research scientists who are investigating healthy aging.

The Blue Zones Financial Challenge. Financial health is an important aspect of overall healthy living and is a skill to learn at a young age. The Blue Zones Financial Challenge is a financial literacy program allowing students to work toward a healthy and wealthy old age.

About the Blue Zones Quest

During the Blue Zones Quest, students across the United States will direct Quest Network founder and renowned explorer Dan Buettner and his team of scientists, journalists and videographers as they explore a tiny cluster of remote Central American villages for clues to explain why the villagers are living longer than anyone else in this hemisphere.

For three weeks, students will vote to direct the team’s explorations, make logistical, ethical and content development decisions and help create a cross-cultural formula for living a long and healthy life. Daily content will include professionally written dispatches, videos and photographs delivered to classrooms. The Blue Zones Evidence Tracker will help students track the clues and data delivered daily and at the end of the live expedition, reach their own conclusions about the secrets to longevity.

Educators who register at the site will have access to a curriculum guide aligned to national education standards for language arts, math, science, health and geography. The guide contains teaching resources and classroom activities for grades four through eight to help teachers successfully integrate the Blue Zones program into their instruction. Allianz, Davisco Foods and the National Institute on Aging, along with the National Geographic Society, are supporting the Blue Zones program so that any classroom in the country can join the expedition and receive curriculum materials, free of charge.

According to Buettner, “We’re exploring the four parts of the world that experts call Blue Zones, places where people live the longest, healthiest lives. These expeditions will help students develop a deeper sense of cultural and environmental awareness and positively influence their health and lifestyle choices.”

This is the second Blue Zones quest and each year, Buettner will lead his team on an exploration of another longest-lived part of the world for a total of four Blue Zones. The first Blue Zones Quest traveled to Okinawa, Japan–where residents live, on average, seven years longer than Americans–to determine “Seven Tips for Adding Seven Years.” Findings from the three subsequent Quests will be combined to create a recipe for longevity to help people live longer, better.

About Quest Network

Quest Network, Inc. creates experiences for audiences to explore the world around them, question what they find, and act to affect change. Live Quests connect with students and the public via satellite and a highly interactive Web site (www.bluezones.com). The education programs commit to giving students control over their learning environment, and giving teachers an easy-to-use vehicle to strengthen students’ 21st century skills of collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication while meeting State and National standards.


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