Health & Fitness

Southwest Florida is on its way to becoming a Blue Zones Community®. That means residents and business owners alike are focused on improving well-being for themselves and their neighbors. Together, we can lower obesity rates, smoking, and chronic disease to create a healthier, happier place to live, work, and play.

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  • Blue Zones: Naples, Florida
    In 2004, Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people live measurably longer better. In these “Blue Zones” they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States. After identifying 5 of the world’s Blue Zones, Dan and National Geographic took teams of scientists to each location to identify lifestyle characteristics that might explain longevity. They found that the lifestyles of all Blue Zones residents shared nine specific characteristics. We call these characteristics the Power 9®. Dan’s subsequent book The Blue Zones hit the New York Times best-seller list and took Dan everywhere from Oprah to TED to Bill Clinton’s Health Matters Initiative. The success prompted a new challenge: could we improve health and longevity in the US? In 2009 we partnered with AARP and the United Health Foundation to apply the Power 9 principles to Albert Lea, MN (learn more about our approach). It worked: after just one year, participants added an estimated 2.9 years to their average lifespan while healthcare claims for city worker dropped 49%. Harvard’s Walter Willett called the results ‘stunning’ (learn more about the Blue Zones Projects). We are now building Blue Zones in cities and businesses across the country. Our mission – to help people live longer, better lives – is spreading. Learn how you can get involved.
    Blue Zones: Naples, Florida
    In 2004, Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people live measurably longer better. In these “Blue Zone... - 2:45 Play
    Blue Zones: Naples, Florida
    In 2004, Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people live measurably longer better. In these “Blue Zones” they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States. After identifying 5 of the world’s Blue Zones, Dan and National Geographic took teams of scientists to each location to identify lifestyle characteristics that might explain longevity. They found that the lifestyles of all Blue Zones residents shared nine specific characteristics. We call these characteristics the Power 9®. Dan’s subsequent book The Blue Zones hit the New York Times best-seller list and took Dan everywhere from Oprah to TED to Bill Clinton’s Health Matters Initiative. The success prompted a new challenge: could we improve health and longevity in the US? In 2009 we partnered with AARP and the United Health Foundation to apply the Power 9 principles to Albert Lea, MN (learn more about our approach). It worked: after just one year, participants added an estimated 2.9 years to their average lifespan while healthcare claims for city worker dropped 49%. Harvard’s Walter Willett called the results ‘stunning’ (learn more about the Blue Zones Projects). We are now building Blue Zones in cities and businesses across the country. Our mission – to help people live longer, better lives – is spreading. Learn how you can get involved.
    US Open Pickleball Championships Highlight Reel
    Pickleball history has been made! Check out this highlight reel from the US Open Pickleball Championships held in Naples, Florida. This has now become the largest pickleball tournament ever with over ... - 4:22 Play
    US Open Pickleball Championships Highlight Reel
    Pickleball history has been made! Check out this highlight reel from the US Open Pickleball Championships held in Naples, Florida. This has now become the largest pickleball tournament ever with over 800 registered players. We saw people from all over the country and even the world! It was a huge celebration besides being historic - first time to have a Pro Division, first time cable broadcasters attended the event to broadcast, and first time this event has ever taken place! We are excited to share with you this brief glimpse into the 5-day event and encourage everyone to consider attending next year. Go to http://www.pickleballchannel.com to watch more pickleball videos! For more information on our sponsor visit: http://www.hylands.com/products/hylands-leg-cramps
    Collier County Parks & Recreation: RecPlex Fitness Complex
    RecPlex Fitness Complex Download the RecPlex Program Guide The RecPlex includes a 6,000 sq. ft. exercise facility and a double enclosed gymnasium Fitness equipment features Cybex (able bodied and spec... - 1:01 Play
    Collier County Parks & Recreation: RecPlex Fitness Complex
    RecPlex Fitness Complex Download the RecPlex Program Guide The RecPlex includes a 6,000 sq. ft. exercise facility and a double enclosed gymnasium Fitness equipment features Cybex (able bodied and special needs accessible), Life Fitness and Hammer Strength. The RecPlex exercise center includes eleven elliptical, 10 recumbent bikes and 13 treadmills plus free weights and weight machines.
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