As a comprehensive healthcare system, we combine the expertise of primary and specialty care to diagnose and treat medical conditions early on. Vail Health's Shaw Cancer Center is the region’s only fully accredited cancer treatment center, and our Surgical Associates are experts in general, laparoscopic, robotic and trauma surgery. Howard Head Sports Medicine’s physical therapists work closely with our internationally renowned orthopaedic partners at The Steadman Clinic and Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery to ensure your bones, joints and soft tissue keep up with your active lifestyle. Vail Health is also leading the way in serving our communities' behavioral health needs with outpatient behavioral health services and an in-patient behavioral health facility, opening in 2025.
Many factors contribute to a person’s health span. They include genetics, environment and, most importantly, lifestyle.
- Natural movement: Movement is a way of life, from walking to work to transporting water from a well. Movement is part of daily life and contributes to cardiovascular health, strength and stamina.
- Purpose: Studies have shown that having a sense of purpose in life can increase physical and mental health, thereby adding years to your lifespan.
- Stress management: Whether it’s meditation, a siesta or a walk on the beach, people in the Blue Zones find ways to de-stress on a routine basis.
- Eat less: People in the Blue Zones regions don’t overeat, and they often eat their smallest and last meal of the day in the late afternoon/early evening, a dietary pattern used in a newer trend called intermittent fasting.
- Eat more plants: Meat is rarely eaten, and if so, only in small quantities. Instead, people in these areas opt for beans, vegetables, nuts, seeds and unprocessed ancient grains. They avoid processed foods and snacks, which are linked to diseases like diabetes and cancer.
- A glass of wine daily: Moderate drinkers (one drink for women, two for men) are shown to outlive non-drinkers in these areas.
- Faith: Most centenarians in the Blue Zones belong to a faith-based community and attend services regularly.
- Family first: Aging parents and grandparents live in the home or near the younger generations. They commit to a life partner, which has been shown to add up to three years to life expectancy.
- Community: Studies show that strong social connections contribute to longevity.
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