We are very excited to announce the theme and the speakers for the 2011 TEDxManhattanBeach Conference. The conference will be held on the evening of Thursday February 10, 2011.

Theme – Vitality – Living Longer and Better.
Research into the places with the highest concentrations of people 100-years-old and older identified five locations worldwide. Dubbed “blue zones” these communities shared several traits that not only helped them live longer, but also better. The findings were shared in National Geographic Magazine and the New York Times best-selling book, The Blue Zones. The concept of using “blue zone” principles to improve a community’s health was born from this research. Our 2011 Conference explores how to create new Blue Zones.


Lisa Santora. Dr. Santora is the Chief Medical Officer of the Beach Cities Health District (BCHD). The BCHD was formed in 1955, it is the special-purpose government district responsible for the improving the health of the citizens of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Redondo Beach, California, USA.

Joel Spoonheim. Joel Spoonheim is director of the Healthways | Blue Zones Vitality City initiative. A leader in community transformation, he has worked for city governments, a food manufacturer, healthcare companies, and non-profits directing major initiatives that require engaging diverse stakeholders and complex problem solving.

Haley Rushing. Haley Rushing co-founded the Purpose Institute along with Roy Spence. The Purpose Institute is an organization dedicated exclusively to helping clients discover and articulate their purpose and values in the world. Haley and her husband, R.W., live in Austin, Texas, with their twin daughters.

Dan Burden. Dan Burden is an internationally recognized authority on bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs, livability, sustainability and Smart Growth. He brings together many disciplines and issues – street design, traffic calming, living streets, public safety, bicycling, and greenways – into a holistic vision for creating healthy, livable, sustainable and prosperous communities.

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