Improve Your Quality of Life in Minnesota

Heart-healthy Albert Lea, Minnesota
Heart-healthy Albert Lea, Minnesota

Want to take better care of your heart and keep it healthy? Consider moving to Albert Lea, Minn. Residents decided that the best way to prevent heart disease was to pursue public policies to prevent it.

People living in this city 90 miles south of Minneapolis, became the first in the nation to sign on to the AARP/Blue Zones Vitality Project - an effort to define what steps need to be taken to increase your life's longevity. With a population that tips the scales at a 60 percent overweight or obesity rate, this health overhaul couldn't come at a better time.

Dan Buettner, the author of "The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest",is the brains behind this project.He's well aware that where we live influences how long we'll live.

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