If you’ve been following along you know that we have been posting on each of the Blue Zones in the world, and this post is about the last. Did you know that there was a US longevity hotspot? Yes, the fifth Blue Zone is in the United States. Loma Linda, California, less than an hour’s drive from Los Angeles, is a Blue Zone. Never heard of Loma Linda? Find it hard to believe that we have a Blue Zone in the United States? These folks are living their 100 Year Lifestyle, 100:100, as a community in the center of the most populated state in the country.
Living a decade longer than the average American is a group of 9,000 Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda, California. Loma Linda, the US longevity hotspot, is coined a Blue Zone by National Geographic Fellow and New York Times bestselling author, Dan Buettner. Blue zones consist of five places in the world where individuals are healthier and live longer.
Adapting blue zone characteristics such as regular exercise, vegetarianism, and a sense of community, the spirituality and religiosity in Loma Linda’s Seventh-day Adventists serve as its key ingredient to longevity. Keep reading to learn the everyday habits that are the basis of life for Loma Linda centenarians.