Date on Honors Thesis

Spring 5-4-2022



Examining Committee Member

Dr. Summer Cross, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Jessica Naber, PhD, RN

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Jennifer Rogers, DNP, RN


Longevity has been sought after in certain areas of the world, and there are specific regions where this has been achieved. There is an American average life expectancy of 72 years old, but individuals in “Blue Zones” here in America and other areas of the world are expected to and have proven to live well beyond 100. The areas of Okinawa, Sardinia, Nicoya, Ikaria, and Loma Linda are classified as Blue Zones, and there could be more of an understanding of how these people live the way they do to have such healthy physical outcomes. To deeply understand the strategy and routine that individuals have been practicing for years, researchers in multiple fields have set out to be informed and educated on the habits of centenarians. For this project, a pre-test was given to students to gauge their level of knowledge concerning Blue Zones prior to an educational session. Following the presentation, the same students took a post-test to reveal the knowledge they had acquired. By conducting literary as well as educational research through this study, students at Murray State were encouraged to be involved to understand what it means to live a healthy lifestyle to possibly increase their quality of life in all areas: physically, mentally, and spiritually.