LONGEVITY Lifestyle Matters (LLM)

Longevity Lifestyle Matters is a brain-based 12-week program—the first of its kind. It is designed to help individuals pursue gradual and permanent lifestyle changes to prevent what is preventable, reduce the risk for what is not preventable, and manage more effectively what was not—or could not be—prevented.

Program Design:

You can follow the program at home by yourself or with friends. You can look for a program to attend, one night a week for 12 weeks, for 90 minutes each week.

It also offers the opportunity for interested individuals to join a core of LLM Certified Facilitators locally, nationally, and internationally to present and promote the Longevity Lifestyle Matters Program.

Program Goal:

The Longevity Lifestyle Matters program, is designed to assist people in learning how better to use their most powerful resource tool—their brain—in achieving an optimum and perpetual state of high-level healthiness. It is designed to help people learn how to stay healthier and younger for longer, through motivational education, practical application, and encouragement strategies.

Since each brain is different, each implements the 14 components in a way that will work for the rest of the person’s life—in balance, since the brain works best in balance—with the view to reducing one’s risks for obesity, diabetes type 2, cancer, and heart disease—conditions often linked with unhealthy lifestyle management choices, either currently or in past generations.

Brain-based reasons exist for the information that is included in the program. Each component links back to the brain in some way—because everything starts in the brain. Information about genetics (worth an estimated 30 percent of how well and how you long you live) but it emphasizes epigenetics (worth an estimated 70 percent of your health and longevity). Lifestyle is part of epigenetics.

The simple but highly effective approach is not about dieting or a short-term fix—within the space of about 3 years most people gain back all they lost and more, often with a higher fat-to-muscle ratio. Neither is it about deprivation, which can lead to bingeing. Nor is it about a negative mindset, as that can lead to failure. And it is not about over-exercising, compulsively counting calories, prolonged fasting, embracing any other fad, or existing on unpalatable food—all of which can lead to discouragement and depression.

Rather, it embraces the exponential power of science in creating synergy between the brain and body, unlocking vast potentials for positive health and longevity. Slow and steady wins.

A Longevity Lifestyle Matters.

It was March 2014 when a news sound bite—Who Needs Another Diet?—caught the ear of Arlene R. Taylor, PhD. Caught it long enough to draw her attention from the study abstracts piled high on her desk along with manuscripts for two new books. Shaking her head, Taylor thought, who needs another diet? No one…of course. Sure, almost any diet can help a person lose a few pounds in the present moment but within the space of two to three years most gain it all back. Often more. The news commentator emphasized the global obesity pandemic with diabetes a close cousin, along with the prediction that this present generation may be the first to live shorter lives than their parents—largely due to lifestyle choices.

Earlier, Steve Horton, MPH, CEO of Pacific Health Education Center, Inc, had asked Taylor if she would write 12 brain-based lessons that could be used at PHEC for community-based health education. The sound bite, along with the impression that current strategies and ‘Trends’ appeared to be failing miserably as effective, long-term health solutions, prompted Taylor set aside her two manuscripts to conceptualize and develop the 12 lessons. The project soon morphed into the first-of-its-kind brain-based Longevity Lifestyle Matters program or LLM for short.

When the initial LLM “textbook” was drafted, Taylor asked Steve Horton to add his input, which resulted in the development of the LLM Expedition Game. Later, Sharlet M. Briggs, PhD, was also recruited, which resulted in the development of the LLM Companion Notebook. Together, Taylor, Horton, and Briggs became known as “The LLM Team.” More resources followed, including Adventures of the Longevity Mystery Club (coauthored with Briggs) and LLM—Just the Facts (with Horton).

As Taylor puts it: “There is no fast fix that is healthy or that endures. No surprise, prevention beats cure, although there are strategies than can be implemented to help better manage what was not or could not be prevented. Slow and steady wins. Start now, creating and implementing a longevity lifestyle to help you stay healthier and younger for longer. It matters . . .”

Arlene R. Taylor, PhD: Everything starts in the brain—you only have one and no replacements exist! In this, the age of the brain, a Longevity Lifestyle can be your most effective maintenance program. Your health rarely improves by chance—it can improve by incremental positive change. Your brain and body must last your entire lifetime and one without the other is less than half the picture. Create a longevity lifestyle—and live it for the rest of your life.

Steve Horton, M.Div., MPH: With appropriate motivation, education, practical application, and the right use of your brain, you may feel better, look better, think more clearly, and live a healthier life for longer. And as you start to feel better, look better, think more clearly, and have the energy to pursue your goals, thank your brain—because everything starts in your brain.

Sharlet B. Briggs, PhD: Health and longevity begin in your brain. Use your brain to create and maintain a Longevity Lifestyle that can impact your life positivelybecause it matters. You also have the opportunity to impact the lives of others in a myriad of positive ways, the influence of which may be felt for generations to come.