The Longevity Project 2023

Presented by the Summit Daily News and BGV Gives

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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.

Save the Date

In 2024, we’ll tackle the topic of substance use. Join us March 27 at Silverthorne Pavilion to hear from keynote speaker Chad Weller, a professional athlete who will share his personal story of substance use, suicide attempts and overdoses. His raw and honest story includes a path to recovery and tips for friends and family members to help support their loved ones. 


The Series

This year’s project focused on the topic of nutrition. The reporting series touched 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.

Peak nutrition: Fueling the mountain lifestyle


Readers share their nutrition stories as part of The Longevity Project


The Event

The Longevity Project concluded with 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).

Learn more about Taubes here.

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Gary Taubes
Speaker: Gary Taubes

Photo credit: Kirsten Lara Getchell

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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