Guernsey is an island nation-state just off the coast of Normandy, France in the English channel. The jurisdiction is not part of the United Kingdom, although defense and foreign relations are handled by the British Government. It is not part of the European Union, but does have open trade agreements with the EU.
The population of Guernsey is approximately 65,000 and is a relatively small 24 square miles in size. Like many other locations, it has a temperate climate featuring mild winters and warm, sunny summers, producing a very green and lush landscape ideal for home gardens and time spent outdoors.
While quite different from the other locations, Guernsey is actively attempting to become a Blue Zone – having recently hosted the Journey to 100 Conference, which brought together many of the leading experts on longevity and lifestyle medicine.
With a relatively small population, a bit of autonomy, and the island benefits of isolation, Guernsey has a unique opportunity to create a template for proactively and intentionally fostering longevity through public policy, building community, and a healthy medical infrastructure.
We’ve traveled to all of the world’s Blue Zones, as first identified by Michel Poulain and featured by National Geographic in the early 2000’s, in order to launch a new investigation into the factors that contribute to exceptional health and longevity of the people who live in these unique places.
We also recently attended the Journey to 100 Conference held in Guernsey – part of the Channel Islands located off the French coast – which assembled many of the world’s leading experts on health, longevity, and chronic disease.