"What’s not to love about Naples?" Parade says in the article. "The small town (population approximately 22,000) features high-quality health care and loads of leisure pursuits and good-for-you food—all set in a chill backdrop of Gulf of Mexico watersports, golf and sun."
The story quotes Dan Buettner, who co-founded Blue Zones Project, which has studied why people live longer in some regions compared to others. The term "Blue Zones" first appeared in a 2005 National Geographic cover story Buettner wrote, identifying five regions that included Sardinia, Italy, and Loma Linda, California.
“People in the Blue Zones don’t have better discipline or a greater sense of responsibility,” he told Parade. “They simply live in environments that make healthy lifestyle choices easier, or unavoidable.”
Buettner has visited Naples and thinks highly of the community. When he stopped by Florida Gulf Coast University in 2018, he referred to Naples as the "happiest place" in the U.S., and among the healthiest.
The other seven regions and cities to make the Parade list: 1. Southern California Beach Cities; 2. Breckenridge, Colorado; 3. Minneapolis; 5. Portland, Maine; 6. Charleston, South Carolina; 7. Pittsburgh; 8. Iowa City, Iowa.
The Parade went on to say that Naples boasts white "sugar sand" beaches so "who needs sugar?"
SOURCE: Parade Magazine
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