“Healthy People in Healthy Communities” Conference to Show Public How to “Actively Live Your Best Life”

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42nd Annual Event from March 9-11 at Loma Linda University Health Will Reveal Latest Findings on Whole Health, Happiness, and Longevity

WHAT: Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) will host its 42nd annual “Healthy People in Healthy Communities” conference that will excite participants to “actively live your best life” -- the event’s theme -- and will feature experts who will reveal the latest findings on whole health, the paths to and benefits of greater happiness, the role of the physical environment on health, and healthy aging. Over 400 people are expected to attend the three-day conference, which will devote a day each to the role of technology, exercise as medicine, and happiness.

There will be morning group exercise classes prior to the sessions, a health expo mid-day featuring over 30 exhibitors and healthy cooking demos, free health screenings, book author signings, a farmers market networking and dinner event, and an evening symposium on the connection between faith and health. Also present at the event will be inspiring individuals who have overcome major health issues and took action to transform their lives. They will be recognized at the conference and available for interviews on how they are now “actively living their best lives.”

Speakers will include Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, president of LLUH; Chidi Ngwaba, MD, founder and director, The Lifestyle Medicine Practice, UK; David P. Harris, PhD, vice president of information systems, LLUH; Robert Sallis, MD, Exercise is Medicine Advisory Board chair; Nick Buettner, community and corporate program director, Blue Zones, LLC; Karyn Buxman, RN, MS, neuro-humorist; Sam Soret, PhD, associate dean for research and executive director, Center for Community Resilience, LLUH School of Public Health; and many other distinguished experts.

The event is open to the public, and attendees can earn continuing education credits. Conference daily schedules, fees, speaker abstracts and biographies, and other details can be found on the conference’s website: http://www.HealthyPeopleConference.org

LLUH is a leader on whole health issues and is being featured in February on CNN International’s “Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta” show that focuses on healthy aging and greater longevity. In the show, Dr. Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, focuses on the commonalities within the world’s five “Blue Zones,” which author and explorer Dan Buettner has identified as areas where residents live the longest. Loma Linda is the only Blue Zone in the United States. (The show is posted on CNN’s website.) LLUH also has the distinction of engaging in the world’s longest running research studies on aging and longevity. The studies are collectively called the Adventist Health Studies, which are cited in the show and whose latest findings will be discussed at the conference.

WHEN: Starts on Mon., March 9, at 1:00 p.m. and ends on Wed., March 11, at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Loma Linda University Health’s Drayson Center, 25040 Stewart Street, Loma Linda, CA, 92350

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About Loma Linda University Health
Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) includes Loma Linda University's eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center's six hospitals and more than 800 faculty physicians located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Established in 1905, LLUH is a global leader in education, research, and clinical care. It offers over 100 academic programs and provides quality healthcare to 40,000 inpatients and 1.5 million outpatients each year. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission "to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ."

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