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How Greeks Live Longer

In parts of Greece, particularly on some Islands, people tend to live longer, happier lives.  Their days revolve around the kitchen, serving delicious, local, seasonal foods that promote longevity.  They're constantly moving, walking hills, gardening, and picking grapes and olives to make wine and oil, keeping their bodies and minds strong.  And they love family, socializing, sharing, and caring for each other.  They take breaks, nap, sip mountain tea, and have a daily purpose, as simple as baking bread, or meeting friends.  Research has shown that adopting these practices and modifying them to fit our own lives, has health benefits. Every recipe, workout, lifestyle tip and product here is designed to help you live longer and happier. Through simple, social, and sustainable traditions, we'll learn to live a Longevity Lifestyle, wherever we are.

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"On the remote Greek island of Ikaría, people reach age 90 at several times the rate they do in the U.S. Instances of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes are significantly lower, and dementia is rare."

— National Geographic Explorer

Secrets to Long Life

If you were born on the Island of Ikaria, you could expect to celebrate your 90th birthday, and possibly your 100th. Why? Would it be your genes, or luck? We now know through works like The Blue Zones and other research, why some Greeks tend to live longer, more fulfilled lives with less disease. How? It seems their remoteness has preserved traditions that contribute to longevity, and happiness. We'll explore these traditions and learn how to integrate them into our lives. Here are 3 things you can do now to start living like a Greek Islander:

  • Eat like a Greek; plant based eating is the foundation of the Mediterranean diet, and health
  • Move like a farmer, train like a Spartan; consistent physical activity is the key to a strong body
  • Live like an islander; Having a purpose, socializing, taking breaks, and sipping tea, makes us happier

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"Only about 20% of how long we live is dictated by genes; the rest is lifestyle"

- Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones

Peter K. MS, PT

Peter Kofitsas

Peter's parents were immigrants from Greece. His mother's family is from Sparta, land of the fabled warriors.  Throughout his quest for great health, all roads have lead back to Greece, and the village traditions that help people live longer, happier, and more fulfilled lives.  Peter has become an International Health Coach, Nutritionist, Physical Therapist, Speaker, Author, and Restaurant Consultant.  He’s been called, “The Missing Link” in corporate wellness, and as an expert for the media, has appeared on ABC, FOX, MSN, TLC, and in Fitness magazine. He’s the author of 3 books, including, Shop, Cook, Eat.  He’s also the creator of 5 Minutes to Fitness, which has been featured on QVC and FOX,  He loves to cook, garden, read, and help his 3 children, and others, live healthier, happier lives. His corporate wellness site is peterkfitness.com

Why Greek Island KITCHEN

I've observed that good health starts in the kitchen.
Makrozoia (long life)
Peter