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Free Public Webinar on Healthy Longevity, Presented by Leading Researcher and Author on Pathways to Health and Longevity, Dr. Leslie Martin

Dr. Leslie Martin

September’s Healthy Longevity Webinar featured distinguished health and longevity expert Dr. Leslie Martin. The webinar was held on September 4th at 11 AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern and covers the topics of healthy aging and the lifestyle factors and character traits that are linked to living longer, healthier lives.

Global life expectancy has increased from 64 years in 1990 to 70 years in 2011, an average increase of 8 hours a day over the last 20 years, with no signs of slowing down.

Dr. Leslie Martin is a professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Education at Loma Linda University’s School of Public Health and leading researcher on pathways to health and longevity. Over the course of her career, she has conducted innovative research on longevity and health promotion, publishing three dozen scientific papers and co-authoring three books on health, behavior change and longevity including Health Behavior Change And Treatment Adherence, a textbook in healthy psychology and, most recently, The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study.

 

The Longevity Project offers compelling, evidence-based—and sometimes counterintuitive—insights into the behavioral and psychological keys to healthy longevity. The book is based on the fascinating findings from a study that began in 1921 by Stanford University professor Dr. Lewis Terman and tracked 1500 men and women from childhood. Dr. Martin and her co-author, Dr. Howard S. Friedman, revisited the study 20 years ago, following the participants at the end of their lives to determine why some people thrive well into old age while others die prematurely. They found that many common health recommendations are actually inaccurate; for example, thinking happy thoughts does not necessarily lead to long life nor does retiring as soon as possible and taking it easy. Their research has been published in over 150 influential and often-cited scientific articles and chapters in leading books and scientific journals as the most extensive study on longevity ever conducted. Because the study began when participants were children, many of the findings are applicable not only to adults looking to get on the path to healthy longevity but also to those hoping to set their children and families on the same path.