Blue Zones

 

Blue Zones Project is a community-wide well-being improvement initiative to help make healthy choices easier for everyone in Southwest Florida. Naples is one of the healthiest cities in the United States; the women have the greatest longevity in the country. To maintain our quality of life through the years, Mayflower supports us in making healthy choices.

Blue Zones Project is based on Dan Buettner’s book “The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer by the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.” He interviewed people who lived in areas of the world with the most centenarians and looked for commonalities for their longevity. From this he derived the Power 9. They are:

1. BELONG: By belonging to a church and attending service 4 times a month, we can add 4-14 years to our lifespan.

2. RIGHT TRIBE: Surround yourself with people who support positive behaviors.  The Blue Zones calls them “moai” after the Japanese word that defines a social support group that continues through out their lives.

3. PURPOSE: Wake up with purpose each day and add 7 more years of good health to your life.God gives us purpose to wake up each day and embrace the ability to help one another.

4. FAMILY FIRST: People who stay connected with their families maintain a strong self-esteem and a clear purpose.

5. DOWNSHIFT: Reverse disease by finding a stress relieving strategy that works for you. By slowing life’s pace and de-stressing, we reduce inflammation in our body and foster a greater sense of well-being.

6. MOVE NATURALLY: By finding ways to move more, building activity into your routine and lifestyle, you will burn calories and feel better. WALKING is the one activity that all successful centenarians do.

7. PLANT SLANT: Put more vegetables on your plate. Think more beans, whole grains, and garden vegetables as the cornerstone healthy menu. This was a common factor with all the centenarian food choices, less meat, more nuts, more fruit and vegetables.

8. EAT TO 80% FULL: Decrease calories by consciously reminding yourself to stop eating when 80% full. The Japanese say this as, “Hari Hachi Bu”. Use smaller plates and tall narrow glasses to help reduce quantity of food and drink consumed.

9. GRAPES OF LIFE AND SOCIAL TIME: Introduce a social time into a daily routine with friends to destress and enhance well-being.

Mayflower was the second faith-based organization that chose to become a part of the Blue Zones initiative because we support their goal of maintaining a healthy, productive lifestyle. We support one another as we’re walking this walk!

To learn more about the Blue Zones, please visit http://www.southwestflorida.bluezones.com . All of Mayflower’s Blue Zones activities are open to the public as well as our congregants.

 

Chair Yoga

Our chair yoga has been postponed.  We will announce when it will resume.

The benefits of chair yoga can range from flexibility and increased strength, to reducing stress and increased mental clarity. But one of the most beneficial aspects of chair yoga is the ability to increase proprioception, which is the ability to recognize where you are in space and coordinating your movements accurately. This is very important in the prevention of falls. The breath work involved can increase lung capacity and when you combine the breath work with meditation, you can help your body and mind cope with the aches and pains life has to offer.

It has been documented that after taking weekly chair yoga classes for 2-3 months, people have been found to have a better night’s sleep. It has also been found to reduce arthritis, lower back pain, and sciatic pain.

The other side of the experience is the social aspect. It’s a great way to meet up with friends and socialize.

If you have any questions, please contact Mayflower’s office at 239-775-0055.

 

We welcome everyone!  Even if you don’t have a connection with Mayflower, we hope you’ll make one!

We meet every Wednesday and Friday from 9:30-10:30ish
Location: Family Life Center
Cost: $5, the first session is free!
Everyone is invited!

Walking Moai

Please begin walking as soon as you arrive,

so that we can continue to practice physical distancing.

Mayflower’s Walking Moai originated with our Blue Zones commitment. A Moai (moe-eye) is a longevity tradition in Okinawa, Japan. It is deeply ingrained into the social system of the island and is a social support group that start in childhood and extends throughout their lives, often into the members’ 100s. Even though we’re no longer in our childhood, we are creating a new Moai to support us as we walk for health and friendship!
Another powerful habit of long-lived societies is to move naturally. At Mayflower, we have combined these two habits and created our Walking Moai! By extension, we touch on a “Purpose” to get up on Tuesday mornings and we “Down Shift” to reduce the stress in our lives during our walks.

Mayflower’s Walking Moai meets every Tuesday at 8:30 AM. You don’t need to attend Mayflower to walk with us. Our walking pace can be adapted to your speed. Some members power walk and many others stroll, visiting with new friends and admiring the beauty of God’s nature!
Look for the Blue Zones shirts! If you need a shirt, just ask Janice and she will get you one. They’re free to all walkers!


Date:  Tuesday, June 2nd, at 8:30 at Freedom Park, by the office entrance. 

            Tuesday, June 9th at 8:30 at Eagle Lakes in the parking lot, by the entrance to the walking paths. 

            Tuesday, June 16 at Sugden Park by the picnic tables

            Tuesday, June 23 at Baker Park by the main entrance above the parking lot

            Tuesday, June 30 at Greenway Park by the back of the parking lot

       

          


           

 

 

 

 

“Come Find Out What Your Purpose Is” at an enlightening afternoon as we discover together our purpose for the life we are living now! Our purpose is to use the gifts and abilities within us. Discover yours! Periodically, Mayflower sponsors, in conjunction with the Blue Zones Project, a Purpose Workshop. Watch for further details in the weekly Bulletin and the Masthead newsletter. These are frequently paired with a Plant Slant meal!

 

Potluck Moai

Centenarians in all five blue zones areas enjoy much lower rates of chronic disease like obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and dementia. They eat a plant-slant diet of whole foods; fruits and vegetables are present at every meal, lowering inflammation and increasing immunity.  Once a month, generally on the first Thursday, Mayflower hosts a “Plant/Slant” potluck moai at 5 PM.  Please check our “Events” page for current dates. You are invited to bring a dish and share a meal with new and old friends!  You will be surprised how much you enjoy the variety of dishes with more nutrition!