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TODAY news for Thursday, April 28, 2008

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Author of longevity book featuring Loma Linda to visit campus

Dan Buettner will sign copies of his new book on Monday, April 28, at Randall Visitors Center on the LLU campus.

His book is about longevity, and it prominently features the community of Loma Linda, where a high concentration of Seventh-day Adventists live. LLU research has shown that Seventh-day Adventists tend to live several years longer than non-Adventists.

The book is called The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. In addition to Loma Linda, Mr. Buettner examines three other regions where people have long life (he calls these places blue zones): the Barbagia region of Sardinia in Italy, Okinawa in Japan, and the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica.

During the book signing only, the book will be available for purchase at the special price of $17. The normal cover price is $26.

In the chapter on Loma Linda, Mr. Buettner interviews faculty members who are experts on LLU’s epidemiological studies that closely examine the health status of Seventh-day Adventists.

He also profiles two local Seventh-day Adventists who are still living active, healthy lives at very mature ages: Marge Jetton, now 103, and Ellsworth Wareham, now 93, who is a practicing surgeon.

Both Ms. Jetton and Dr. Wareham plan to be in attendance at the book signing.

In his chapter, Mr. Buettner also writes about the history of the Seventh-day Adventist focus on health, and he explores the practice of Sabbath-keeping.

At the end of the chapter, Mr. Buettner offers “Loma Linda’s Blue Zone Secrets”—10 habits practiced by those who are living long, healthy lives. These tips include “Find a sanctuary in time,” “Put more plants in your diet,” and “Snack on nuts.”

By Heather Reifsnyder

TODAY news for Thursday, April 28, 2008