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K-12 chef gets inspiration from Blue Zones

The vitality of the world’s Blue Zones—places where people live longer, healthier lives—is within reach at a school district in Wisconsin, where Chef Irene Pawlisch is incorporating healthy eating wisdom into school and catering menus.

While nutrition trends come and go, the proof is in the pudding with Blue Zones, places in the world where statistics show that people live longer and have less disease. Lately, dietitians and chefs have been looking to the cuisines of Ikaria, Greece; the Barbagia region of Sardinia; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; Loma Linda, Calif.; and Okinawa, Japan, for guidance on how to eat and live for longevity, health and happiness.

“Residents of the Blue Zones live in very different par

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