Loma Linda University has become a major center of research on longevity with support from the National Institutes of Health and using large, long-running studies of Seventh-day Adventists in California and across the country. The public is invited to hear the results of this research at the inaugural Loma Linda Health Symposium.
The event is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 15, at the University Church, 11215 Campus Street, Loma Linda. Presenters will include Dr. Gary Fraser, principal investigator of the ongoing Adventist Health Study. He will be joined by Dr. Michael Orlich, Prof. Karen Jaceldo and Prof. Pramil Singh. The symposium is sponsored by the university’s School of Public Health, the Drayson Center Wellness Clinic and the University Church.
The Adventist Health Study is a multi-generational scientific study that looks into the health and longevity of members of the Adventist faith. Loma Linda includes many Adventist residents and was identified by New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner as the only “Blue Zone” in North America. “Blue Zones” are four places in the world where many people live healthy and productive lives into their 90s and 100s.
“The secrets of health and longevity of Loma Linda have been a topic of extensive research,” said Dr. Hildemar Dos Santos, assistant professor in the Preventive Care Program at the School of Public Health and the primary organizer of the symposium. “In simple language, the experts will translate the health secrets of the Loma Linda Blue Zone.”
Symposium presenters will discuss topics such as cancer prevention, heart disease prevention, obesity and diabetes prevention, and many other health issues related to lifestyle. Information will also be shared about health screenings, educational resources and there will be question-and-answer sessions with the panelists. More information is available at (909) 651-5077.
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