Located in San Bernadino County, California, Loma Linda (or “beautiful hill” as translated from Spanish) is a town of approximately 25,000 people – largely populated by the followers of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. A few of the priorities for the Seventh-Day Adventists include a vegetarian diet consisting of organic food, which most of the followers subscribe to.
While the area is not technically identified as a Blue Zone by statistical measures, Adventists in Loma Linda have one of the highest rates of longevity in the United States. The city has strict controls on the sale of alcohol, heavy restrictions on smoking, and the church-owned grocery store does not sell meat.
The town is also home to Loma Linda University, a higher learning institution of health sciences – and the culture is highly focused on medical sciences as a whole.
We’ve traveled to all of the world’s Blue Zones, as first identified by Michel Poulain and featured by National Geographic in the early 2000’s, in order to launch a new investigation into the factors that contribute to exceptional health and longevity of the people who live in these unique places.
We also recently attended the Journey to 100 Conference held in Guernsey – part of the Channel Islands located off the French coast – which assembled many of the world’s leading experts on health, longevity, and chronic disease.