Health Flash – Ikigai and hara hachi bu

flash-297580_640Okinawans have one of the longest disability-free life expectancies in the world. They age gracefully. Loneliness and depression are rare and the word “retirement” doesn’t exist. They follow the traditional dietary practice of hara hachi bu and they have an ikigaia reason to get up in the morning and enjoy life

Julie Zimmer

Julie has extensive experience in nursing practice and education in a wide range of fields from intensive/coronary care, to medical-surgical to community and public health. Julie has Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing Education. She has taught in faculties of nursing and in various communities in Toronto, Canada and in Geneva, Switzerland, and is a consultant to the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Julie also has years of experience teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in addition to coordinating an English department in a Swiss private school.

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