The Adventist Blue Zones are an arm of the Adventist Health organization that work in over 50 communities across the United States as well as many cities internationally. You might recognize them from the Netflix documentary series, Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones, a series done by Blue Zone affiliate and author Dan Buettner, which seeks to posit the idea that these communities are some of the healthiest and happiest in the world.
According to Adventist Health’s website:
Blue Zones focus on helping impact communities where people live, work, and play to infuse healthy choices, enhance connections, instill purpose, and fuel hope. Rather than relying solely on individual behavior change, Blue Zones focuses on optimizing environments to improve health by design.AdventistHealth.com
The chief claim is that these zones adhere to the Adventist health message with the data then used to bolster the claims of the Adventist message of health reform and that Adventist’s, on average, live 10 years longer than everyone else (this is a skewed data point). What they won’t often tell you is how the Okinawa, Japan zone utilizes pork and shellfish, the Ikarian, Greece zone consumes wine, and other foods that Ellen G. White said were strictly prohibited and detrimental to one’s body, soul, and salvation.
The Adventist Church’s message of health reform began with a supposed vision that their prophetess, Ellen G. White, had on June 6, 1863 in Otsego, Minnesota. It is said to be the “right hand of the Gospel” in Seventh-Day Adventist theology.
Ellen White claimed to have been shown many things by God, of prime importance was that Christian’s have a responsibility to live in harmony with health principles that would prevent illness and yield good health. This included the discarding of all animal products, flesh foods, alcohol, tobacco, tea, coffee, condiments, and spices, because these things are injurious to ones body and soul.
This then evolved to being a prerequisite for all of those that wanted to be fit for Heaven. She also claimed that those who are waiting for the return of Christ would eventually completely do away with meat eating. On top of that, she also claimed that anyone who rejected this message of Health Reform was also rejecting God. It isn’t optional, but is a salvational issue. By this standard, a number of their Blue Zones are in grave danger.