The Longevity Project 2023 |

The Longevity Project 2023

Presented by the Summit Daily News

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The Longevity Project is a weekslong reporting project by the Summit Daily News to educate our readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in the High Country.

The Series

This year’s project is focused on the topic of nutrition. The reporting series will touch on what we know about nutrition, how Summit County bucks the national obesity trend, how to fuel an athlete’s body, debunking nutritional fads and diets, and exploring the accessibility of nutritious foods to low-income earners. The series will publish on Fridays beginning March 17.

Peak nutrition: Fueling the mountain lifestyle

  • March 17 – Navigating nutrition: Can lifestyle outweigh nourishment?
  • March 24 – Food as fuel: What it takes to recreate at high elevation
  • March 31 – Detoxing fads: Experts help find the truth amid the trends
  • April 7 – Income gap: How the high cost of living complicates nutrition


Share Your Story

What we know about nutrition is constantly evolving, but one thing is clear: Summit County bucks the national trend of obesity with its 2017 title as the healthiest county in the U.S. As part of The Longevity Project, the Summit Daily is asking readers to share their nutrition struggle and success stories. Stories will be shared in the Summit Daily and in the program for our Longevity Project event on April 12. The deadline to submit is April 5.

Share your story here.


The Event

The Longevity Project will conclude with an April 12 event at Silverthorne Pavilion in Silverthorne. The Summit Daily will host keynote speaker Gary Taubes, an investigative science and health journalist, who has written several books, including a New York Times bestseller. Taubes’ titles include: “The Case Against Sugar” (2016), “Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It” (2011) and “Good Calories, Bad Calories” (2007).

The night will open with a book signing and reception with nutritious appetizers, followed by a discussion with community experts about nutrition and culminating with a keynote address on the topic by Taubes.

Tickets are $25 and include appetizers.

Learn more about Taubes here.

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Gary Taubes
Speaker: Gary Taubes

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Location: Silverthorne Pavilion

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Read more about longevity at altitude

Longevity 2022 series

Peaks, valleys of High Country cancer: Doctors say a mountain lifestyle has its benefits, but living at elevation also comes with risks and challenges.

Part 1

Cancer at elevation: How does living at high elevations impact someone’s chances of developing cancer? Summit County experts weigh in

Part 2

Preventing poor outcomes: Early cancer detection is vital, doctors say, but barriers — both financial and mental — often get in the way

Part 3

Lessen the stress: A comprehensive, holistic approach to care helps improve cancer outcomes, doctors say

Part 4

Access to Care: Though Summit County’s oncology services have evolved over the years, barriers and limitations remain


The river runner: How expedition kayaker Scott Lindgren balances a brain tumor, his mental health and tackling tough waters

Speaker Profile


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