Healthy Living Programs

Upcoming Event

Purpose Workshop & Volunteer Expo

Saturday, April 15, 1:30 – 3:30 
Manhattan Beach Community Church
303 S. Peck Ave, Manhattan Beach 90266
*Onsite parking is available.

Join Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) for our Blue Zones Project Power of Purpose Workshop & Volunteer Fair. Purpose is your reason for getting up each morning. Discover how to align your gifts, talents and interests to create purpose in daily life in our workshop facilitated by Kathleen Terry.

At our volunteer fair, you can learn about local opportunities to make change that will allow you to showcase your gifts, talents and interests and fulfill your purpose. Looking to build meaningful relationships with others who share your purpose? Consider joining one of our Blue Zones Project® Moai® Social Groups to meet people who gather to participate in activities like purpose discussions, potluck meals and walking together around our beautiful Beach Cities. VIEW FLYER


For more information, contact Jackie Uy at or 310-374-3426, ext. 8121.

The Okinawans call it “Ikigai” and the Nicoyans call it “plan de vida;” for both it translates to “why I wake up in the morning.” Having purpose is linked with health and longevity, with studies showing that individuals who expressed a clear goal in life living longer than those who did not.

Are You Living Your Life with Purpose?
Renowned purpose expert Richard Leider asked retirees over age 65, “If given the opportunity to live life over, what would you do differently?” the majority of respondents said they would:  1) hit the “pause button” to reflect on their lives to make the most of the time they had; 2) taken more risks to pursue their dreams and life priorities; and 3) find their purpose earlier in life. Bottom-line: everyone wants their life, ultimately, to matter.

People with purpose live longer, have higher work performance and are happier. In the Beach Cities, we are connecting residents with opportunities to utilize their greatest gifts and talents and fulfill their purpose journey. Purpose Workshops can be helpful for all ages, including teens, college students and those going through work or life transitions. 

Begin investigating your own purpose by creating an internal inventory of your life. Try to articulate your values, passions, gifts and talents. What are the things you like to do and the things you don't? Then incorporate ways to put your skills into action in ways that will add meaning to your life and the lives of others.

Learn more about the other Power 9® Principles, the healthy lifestyle habits that help residents in the original Blue Zones® areas live longer, better®.

Purpose Moai
This supportive group is centered around purpose exploration and discovering your gifts, passions and values. Join today!

Other resources:
Richard Leider: Living on Purpose 
Easy Reader: Blue Zones workshop to explore power of purpose  
Richard Leider Explains How to Find Your Purpose

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