To the editor: Having lived within the metropolis of Loma Linda and labored at Loma Linda College Well being, I used to be already accustomed to the “Blue Zone” phenomena described by Steve Lopez.
Regardless of all of the analysis over time, there’s nothing actually mysterious about how one ought to stay to extend the probability of a protracted life: common train, nutritious diet, no smoking or consuming, sufficient relaxation, sustaining social connections and having a way of goal. .
That is frequent sense. The arduous half is doing it usually.
The massive takeaway from my expertise in Loma Linda is that the Adventist neighborhood is an inspiring mannequin of how a lot better our world might be. The wars, hatred and conflicts which might be current all around the world right this moment are a stark distinction to the humanity, serenity, neighborhood and love that characterizes Loma Linda and I think different blue zones.
So let’s encourage everybody to make their New Yr’s decision to stay extra like individuals within the blue zones. In the event that they resolve to do that in 2024, we will have a extra peaceable, wholesome and pleasant world.
Calvin Naito, Los Angeles
To the editor: Lopez quotes “happiness skilled” Dan Buettner in his column asking why individuals in blue zones like Loma Linda obtain considerably longer life expectations. Lopez agrees with Buettner that key elements are wholesome life, robust household, social connections and religious religion.
The identical situation of The Occasions featured a number of columns analyzing the talk between Gov. Gavin Newsom and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Opinions are divided as to which governor “received” this grisly feat.
However one reality stands out: Life expectancy at start in California is 79 years, tied for fourth among the many 50 states, in keeping with the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. In Florida, life expectancy is 77.5 years, tied for nineteenth place.
Anybody who leaves California for Florida ought to understand that they danger shedding years of their life.
John Ashbaugh, San Luis Obispo