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

One of only five blue regions worldwide

Raising Kids by 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 children’s 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 childhood 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 families locally, nationally, and internationally. 


Connect to learn about her Go Blue Sprouts Program, planting seeds to promote health and longevity.


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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Speaking

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


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


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.


Thriving

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

Tips for Parents

Spend time outdoors in nature with your family.  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!

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

Loma Linda University School of Public Health

Loma Linda, California, United States

rspencer@llu.edu

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.