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Take the Blue Zone Challenge at Bella Villaggio


Alissa Sauer

The world’s blue zones are regions where an unusually high percentage of the population lives past 100. As we have learned more about these regions and what is about them that causes their citizens to become the longest-lived people in the world, we can optimize the places where we live, work, and play, essentially making our own environments miniature versions of blue zones. Take a closer look at how Bella Villaggio senior living in Palm Desert, California, encourages holistic wellness to improve the health of our residents and community.

It’s the first month of the new year, and as the calendar flips over, we reflect on the past year and set goals for what we want the upcoming year to look like. From getting out of the house more, investing in friendships, eating healthier, and exercising more, we all start January 1, hopeful for the year ahead. At Bella Villaggio senior living in Palm Desert, California, residents have everything they need to commit to their goals and resolutions, making 2022 their healthiest year yet.

Dan Buettner is a journalist and a National Geographic Fellow who has spent 15 years studying the world’s blue zones. He has developed a program for living a longer and healthier life modeled off of the habits of the people who live in these regions. One of his biggest takeaways is that friendships are crucial to living well. In the 1980s, Americans had an average of three close friends. Today, Americans report having one, maybe two, friends. Buettner’s research found that not having at least three close friends can have a negative impact not only on the quality of your life but also on the length of your life.

Bella Villaggio is a social community built upon a model of hospitality. We offer independent living, assisted living, and memory care services that go beyond meeting physical care needs. Sure, we have compassionate caregivers available around the clock, a dynamic social calendar with Five-Star fun planned every day, and secured areas for the care of our residents with Alzheimer’s and related forms of dementia. But, the heart of Bella Villaggio is so much more than checking care boxes. We are a true community that knows how you live matters. Your everyday experiences matter. That’s why our residents are empowered to engage in community life in intentional and meaningful ways.

Our innovative PrimeFit Wellness program takes a holistic approach to health. Based on five core elements which include balance, fitness, nutrition, brain health, and lifestyle, our residents have the opportunity to live better than ever. Our onsite restaurant with an in-house chef ensures seniors are receiving nutritious and delicious meals three days a week. Our personal trainer offers private and group training sessions to build strength and mobility and our innovative brain fitness program is both fun and effective.

2022 is the year to make significant lifestyle changes that benefit your mental and physical health – and Bella Villaggio will be with you every step of the way. Contact us today for a tour. We can’t wait to see you live better than ever!


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