5 September 2023 |
According to the Adventist Review, a new four-part miniseries on Netflix titled “Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones,” has cast the spotlight on the remarkable longevity of SDAs in Loma Linda, CA, among others. Released on August 30, the show aims to decode the secrets that enable certain communities, termed as “Blue Zones,” to enjoy extraordinary longevity. The series builds upon the director, Buettner’s, previous work which includes a feature in the National Geographic magazine and his bestselling book, “The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.” Buettner commented, “Most of what people think leads to a long, healthy life is misguided. I’ve spent the last 20 years trying to reverse-engineer longevity.”
In the episode titled “An Unexpected Discovery,” Buettner revisits Loma Linda to converse with some of its eldest residents. He delves into the Adventist Health Study-2, which examines the dietary and health habits of Adventists in North America, looking for behaviors linked to increased life expectancy. Buettner’s observations in Loma Linda highlight the importance of consistent physical activity and community ties. He speaks with 84-year-old Loida Medina, an avid pickleball player, who opines, “Longevity is exercise and community.”
Buettner further underlines the significance of SDAs’ healthy habits, which are deeply intertwined with their faith. Key behaviors he identifies among Loma Linda’s Adventists include volunteering, a plant-centric diet, faith, and being part of a health-conscious community. Buettner speaks to Joan Sabaté, professor at Loma Linda University, who elaborates on Adventist dietary principles that promote a balanced vegetarian diet. Furthermore, the emphasis Adventists place on the Sabbath allows them a regular break from the stressors of modern life. The essence of these insights is the power of surrounding oneself with people who share similar healthful aspirations.
Peter Landless, the General Conference Health Ministries Director, speaks about SDA principles which emphasize a holistic integration of body, mind, and spirit, tracing back to Ellen White’s visions in 1863. Ultimately, Landless points out, the purpose of maintaining health is twofold: “to serve God and to serve our fellow beings. We will enjoy better health, but we are saved to serve.”