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Project August 17, 2021

The Secret to Longevity: Loma Linda

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A scene of the Parable of the Good Samaritan at Loma Linda University
A scene of the Parable of the Good Samaritan sits in the middle of Loma Linda University's campus in Loma Linda, California, where teaching to help those in need spiritually, mentally, and physically is of paramount importance. Image by Maiya Mahoney. United States, 2021.

Living a decade longer than the average American is a group of Seventh-Day Adventists in Loma Linda, California. Much of the community’s longevity can be traced to religion, culture, and a sense of wholeness. This project examines what it means “to make a person whole” in body, mind, and spirit, while examining studies conducted at Loma Linda University School of Public Health.

Geographic locations around the world where people are living longer and healthier, were first studied by Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best selling author. He called them "blue zones." Loma Linda is the only blue zone region identified in the United States.

Maiya Mahoney looks to develop a deeper understanding of the Seventh-Day Adventist community in Loma Linda, connecting religion, community, and lifestyle to longevity. 

Through the stories of Loma Linda's Seventh-Day Adventists, Mahoney sheds light on the “secret to longevity” and how overall wellness involves more than physical well-being.

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