Life Expectancy Lab Due 8/30/18 8pm EST

For this week’s lab, you will be watching the Tedtalk video with Dan Buettner – how to live to be 100+, reading a National Geographic Article on the topic, and then estimating your life expectancy using the blue zones true vitality test.

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  1. View the Blue Zones introduction – YouTube TEDMED  (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
  2. Read the Blue Zones article (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
  3. Complete the Blue Zones Vitality Compass questionnaire (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
    The Vitality Compass is a self-assessment tool that claims to be “the most accurate life estimator available.” You will enter data about yourself and your health and it will calculate your biological age, overall life expectancy, healthy life expectancy, and years you’re gaining/losing because of your health habits. At the conclusion of the self-assessment, you will see up to 12 customized recommendations to help you live longer.


Copy the template into the body of your submission to ensure that you answer all components. Remember to be thorough and specific in your responses.

  1. What does “health” mean to you? What qualities come to mind when you think of good health?
  2. Share your results from the vitality compass, e.g. biological age, overall life expectancy score, and healthy life expectancy. Why do you think you got the scores you did? Did you get the results that you expected or were you surprised? Why?
  3. Did your overall life expectancy and healthy life expectancy reflect your family history? In other words, is it similar to how long your relatives have lived or is it different? To what do you attribute the similarities or differences?
  4. What recommendations were given to help you live longer? How relevant were these recommendations for you? Which do you wish to incorporate?
  5. Did you find this to be a useful activity? Why or why not?


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