Welcome to the Loma Linda Blue Region, Blue Region Research and Programs!

One of only five blue regions worldwide

COMING SOON: "THE GO BLUE PROGRAM" - an 8 Week Initiative


Want to increase your own or your family's health and wellness? 

Want to find your personal fountain of youth? 

Want to live longer and better?

Want to turn back the hands of time?


Increase your own vitality and resilience through the Go Blue Program guided by a blue region professor, and longevity coach, Dr. Spencer-Hwang. A community member herself in the only U.S. blue region, Dr. Spencer-Hwang strategically designed the 8 week Go Blue Program, based on her scientific research. Through the program                      Dr. Spencer-Hwang guides individuals in implementing and sustaining the resiliency principles practiced by her blue region centenarians. Her blue region centenarians are individuals who who have lived 100 vibrant years or longer. In fact one has reached 106 years and is going strong, a super centenarian.  

Learn their secret for resiliance and longevity!

The Go Blue Program is a culture of health immersion experience brought to you through the convenience of a live and online group program coming in May 2019. 

Be one of the first to be notified when the doors open for this program and more information is available: click the link below. Space is limited. 

Find out more

Gain Resilience with the Wisdom of Blue Region Centenarians

About Dr. Spencer-Hwang

Dr. Rhonda Spencer-Hwang is an associate professor and the director of Educational Theatre Program in the School of Public Health in the Center for Community Resilience at Loma Linda University. 

She is not only an epidemiologist and resiliency researcher, but a community member herself in one of the only five blue regions in the world; she has an insider perspective and is able to bring extraordinary insight to light.  

With her groundbreaking research and as a professor in the only university located in a bue region, she is a leading expert on whole health and developing lifelong resilience giving presentations across the nation and around the world. Over the past five years, she has received millions in funding from various government agencies providing her the opportunity to reach over 10,000 children and their families annually.   

Blue Region Research

Dr. Rhonda Spencer-Hwang is an epidemiologist and resiliency researcher, with a keen interest in  health promotion.  She has numerous peer reviewed publications, given presentations around the world and the recipient of funding from various government agencies. 

Over the past five years she has been conducting groundbreaking research studying the experiences of centenarians  (persons 100+ years or older) in the only US blue region. She recently presented her research findings as a keynote speaker at the Frist Annual Blue Zone Symposium held at Loma Linda University.  

She is currently writing a book to help connect parents today with the wisdom of the Loma Linda Blue Region centenarians for raising resilient children. 

Putting It Into Practice

Dr. Rhonda Spencer-Hwang is passionate about promoting resilient children and adults locally, nationally, and internationally.

Dr. Spencer-Hwang is a resiliency and longevity coach. She provides individual and group sessions connecting people to the practices of blue region centenarians to increase resilience and vibrant longevity. Connect to learn about her Go Blue Program and significantly increase your health and wellness.

When not conducting research or providing workshops she puts her centenarian research into practice with her own family by hiking, mountain biking, spending time in nature along with implementing the other resiliency principles here in the Loma Linda Blue Region where they live.


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Blue Region Secrets Blog


Dr. Rhonda Spencer-Hwang is available for presentations and workshops around her centenarian research and promoting resilience for children and adults.

Recent and upcoming events include:

*First Annual Blue Zone Symposium (Loma Linda University)

*La Quinta Gem of the Desert Wellnesss Center

*American Public Health Assocation Annual Conference

*EXSEED Annual Conference (K-12)

 *Inland Empire Healthy Cities Summit

Contact to schedule an event

About The Blue Region

One of Five

Loma Linda, California (USA) is one of the five blue regions in the world. The others include: Okinawa Japan, Nicoya Costa Rica; Ikaria Greece; and Sardinia Italy.


Backed by scientific research studies, it is known that members of the Loma Linda Blue Region live significantly longer and with less chronic disease than the general public. 

Practice It!

Eight resilient factors practiced by the people who have lived to 100 (known as centenarians) in the Loma Linda Blue Region. Put them into practice with your family!

Planting Seeds For Resilience

Resiliency Tips

Spend time outdoors in nature.  The centenarians spent a large majority of their life outdoors starting in their childhood.  Research studies have shown the value of an active outdoor life. 

Contact Me

Get in Touch! Note: If you are filling out this form to be notified when more information is available on the Go Blue program, let us know what you are looking for! Feel free to include why you are interested in this program and what results you hope to gain.

Rhonda Spencer-Hwang DrPH, MPH, CWP Associate Professor and Resiliency Researcher

Loma Linda University School of Public Health

Loma Linda, California, United States


Blue Region Videos

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Media Links

Forbes article. 8 Lifestyle Habits May Counter The Health Effects Of Early Life Stress. July 19, 2018. Available: https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2018/07/19/8-lifestyle-habits-may-counter-the-health-effects-of-early-life-stress/#767179292e11

 Loma Linda University News. Overcoming ACEs By Lifestyle. April 12, 2018. Available:  https://news.llu.edu/wholeness/overcoming-aces-by-lifestyle  

The Spectrum Magazine. Researcher Interviews Centenarians to Uncover Secrets for Living Longer. April 13, 2018. Available:  https://spectrummagazine.org/article/2018/04/13/researcher-interviews-centenarians-uncover-secrets-living-longer. 

 Bio Medicine. Loma Linda University Research Suggests the Key to Living a Long Life Lies in the Behaviors Started as Young Children. July 22, 2018. Available: http://www.bio-medicine.org/medicine-technology-1/Loma-Linda-University-Research-Suggests-the-Key-to-Living-a-Long-Life-Lies-in-the-Behaviors-Started-as-Young-Children-57690-1/.  

Cision PR web. Loma Linda University Research Suggests the Key to Living a Long Life Lies in the Behaviors Started as Young Children. July 20th, 2018. https://www.prweb.com/releases/loma_linda_university_research_suggests_the_key_to_living_a_long_life_lies_in_the_behaviors_started_as_young_children/prweb15640563.htm. 

 KRGV.Com Channel 5. Loma Linda University Research Suggests the Key to Living a Long Life Lies in the Behaviors Started as Young Children. Available: http://www.krgv.com/story/38694105/loma-linda-university-research-suggests-the-key-to-living-a-long-life-lies-in-the-behaviors-started-as-young-children.   

ABC Channel 8. Available: Loma Linda University Research Suggests the Key to Living a Long Life Lies in the Behaviors Started as Young Children. July 20th, 2018. Available: http://www.klkntv.com/story/38691975/loma-linda-university-research-suggests-the-key-to-living-a-long-life-lies-in-the-behaviors-started-as-young-children.  

One News Page. Loma Linda University Research Suggests the Key to Living a Long Life Lies in the Behaviors Started as Young Children. July 20th, 2018. Available:  https://www.onenewspage.com/n/Press+Releases/1zj8wij5o9/Loma-Linda-University-Research-Suggests-the-Key-to.htm.  

Today Tells. Overcoming ACEs by Lifestyle. April 12th, 2018. Available: https://www.todaytells.com/overcoming-aces-by-lifestyle/.   

Trends Reader Com. http://trendsreader.com/article/overcoming-aces-by-lifestyle.  

Overcoming Aces By Lifestyle. Scope Magazine, Spring 2018, pages 22-23. https://news.llu.edu/sites/news.llu.edu/files/docs/scope/2018-spring-scope.pdf.