Welcome to the Loma Linda Resiliency Programs! Promoting healthy families!

Gain Resilience with the Wisdom of Loma 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, a Christian based institution.

She is not only an epidemiologist and resiliency researcher, but a community member herself in one of the only five resilient 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 resiliency region, she is a leading expert on whole health and developing lifelong and eternal 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.   

Resiliency 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 resiliency region. The US resiliency capital is a Christian community of Seventh-day Adventists known for their healthy lifestyles.  She recently presented her research findings as a keynote speaker at the First 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 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 the resiliency capital centenarians to increase whole health and vibrant longevity. Connect to learn about her vibrant resiliency programs 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 Resiliency Region where they live. Dr. Spencer-Hwang and her family are members of the Mission Road Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Vibrant Resiliency 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

About The Loma Linda Resiliency Region

One of Five


Loma Linda, California (USA) is one of the five  regions in the world, known for its extraordinary resilience and longevity. 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 Resiliency 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 Resiliency Region. Put them into practice and promote health for 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 for promoting health and resilience. 

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

Loma Linda, California, United States


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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.