GAIA – Italian Style

Tracking down the acronym GAIA after seeing a BBC short on Sardinian longevity.

Explained by Dr. Raffaele Sestu at 41 seconds in … and floating by fast.

(for more https://www.bbc.com/reel/playlist/elixir-of-life?vpid=p08blgc4)

And a print source:

Da anni Gianni Pes, studioso di longevità, ricercatore all’Università di Sassari e Raffaele Sestu, medico e presidente delle Pro Loco, cercano di spiegare ai forestieri quale sia la soluzione dell’arcano per campare chent’annos. «Determinante è il fattore Gaia, acronimo di genetica, ambiente, alimentazione, integrazione e autostima». Pes e Michel Poulain, pionieri degli studi sui centenari, davano chiare coordinate su dove fosse nascosto il Graal: «La famiglia; lo scarso o nullo tabagismo; il semivegetarianismo; l’attività fisica moderata ma costante; la percezione di esser utili socialmente; il consumo di legumi».

Translation with some machine assistance…

For years Gianni Pes, longevity scholar, researcher at the University of Sassari and Raffaele Sestu, doctor and president of the Pro Loco, have been trying to explain to foreigners what the solution of the esoteric question of living to a hundred years. «The determining factor is the Gaia factor, an acronym for genetics, environment, nutrition, integration and self-esteem». Pes and Michel Poulain, pioneers of the studies on centenarians, gave clear coordinates on where the Grail was hidden: «The family; little or no smoking; semivegetarianism; moderate but constant physical activity; the perception of being useful socially; the consumption of legumes “.

I media stregati dal fascino dei centenari ogliastrini from L’Unione Sarda.it

G = genetica
A = ambiente & alimentazione
I = integrazione
A = autostima

I like how it all interlocks … social integration both fosters and is encouraged by self-esteem; environment and nutrition are linked.

And so for day 2800
12.08.2014

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