Top Tips For Living a Long, Healthy Life

From men and women celebrating 25+ years working at the Pritikin Longevity Center

Many guests who vacation at Pritikin year after year have joked that many of our staff look as if they get younger every year. We agree! And it’s certainly the case with the 10 men and women featured in this article, all of whom have been at Pritikin for 25+ years. Get their top tips for living a long, healthy life.

Top Tips For Living a Long, Healthy Life

The four Pritikin employees on the left just celebrated their 35th anniversary. Along with staff celebrating 25+ years, they share their top tips for living a long, healthy life.

Top Tips For Living a Long, Healthy Life

They come from many departments at Pritikin – medical, nutrition, exercise, food services, administration, sales, and housekeeping. They all have one thing in common. They’re passionately Pritikin. Get their top tips for living both long and well.

Jose (Pepe) Fernandez's Top Tip for a Long Life

Jose (Pepe) Fernandez,
Food Service

35 Years at Pritikin
Pepe’s Tips For a Long, Healthy Life

I make Pritikin living my way of living. And I’ve done it for the past 35 years!

I’m very healthy. I’m 62, and my blood pressure is perfect. I’m also very happy. Everyone at the Pritikin Longevity Center is my family. Coming to work every day is pure joy.

Henretta Greene's  Top Tips for a Long Life

Henrietta Greene,
Medical Coordinator

35 Years at Pritikin
Henrietta’s Tips For a Long, Healthy Life

Be selfish. Make quality time for yourself. Look, listen, and feel. Look at yourself internally and externally to make sure you are pleased with what you see and who you are.

Listen to what your body is telling you. It could be your best friend. Feeling good about yourself will bring peace and harmony.

I give myself quality time by taking daily walks. They help me focus on my personal thoughts. I “hear” in those walks warnings when something is wrong, and advice for how to handle it.

By paying attention to how I look and feel, I’ve learned how to separate work from home. Be selfish. Maintain a personal life. And pray a lot.

Eugenia Killoran's Top Tips for Health and Wellness

Eugenia Killoran,
Newsletter Writer

35 Years at Pritikin
Eugenia’s Tips For a Long, Healthy Life

I always make sure I eat at least 3 to 4 servings of fruits and veggies at each meal. And I eat them first. They do a great job of filling me up and “crowding out” other foods that may not be as healthy. I buy top-quality, in-season produce, and I savor every delicious bite.

Also, I try to take advantage of every opportunity to move. Every time I sit down, I ask myself: “Can I do whatever I’m doing standing or walking?” I read the newspaper walking on the treadmill. While watching the evening news, I stretch or lift weights. When I’m proofing an article, I stand and sway in front of my computer. While talking on the phone, I’m watering my house plants.

My husband often asks, “Aren’t you ever going to sit down?” I reply, “No! It feels good to keep moving!”

Chef Joseph Watson's Best Tip for Health and Wellness

Joseph Wadson,
Executive Sous Chef

35 Years at Pritikin
Joseph’s Tips For a Long, Healthy Life

All the meals I prepare here in our kitchen at Pritikin I prepare for myself at home. I love eating healthy, and I love experimenting with different herbs and spices.

I’ve had great health these past 35 years, and I’m looking forward to another 35 years here at Pritikin!

Dr. Jay Kenney's Top Tips for a Long Life

Dr. Jay Kenney,
Nutrition Educator

30 Years at Pritikin
Dr. Kenney’s Tips For a Long, Healthy Life

Consume a diet composed largely of minimally processed, whole plant foods. You’ll have plenty to eat, and the more you eat these healthy foods, the more you’ll like them.

My personal favorites are whole-wheat pasta with homemade marinara sauce. (The whole-wheat pasta brand my wife and I like is Great Value. We get it at Walmart.)

I also like whole-wheat linguini with clams and a red sauce. And Chinese-style stir fries with minimal oil and full of veggies.

Other favorites for both meals and snacks are baked potatoes, black beans, salsa, steamed veggies, and big salads.

Jin Zhu's Top Tips for a Long Life

Jin Zhu Wang,

29 Years at Pritikin
Jin Zhu’s Tips For a Long, Healthy Life

I eat a lot of vegetables and grains, just as my parents and grandparents did in China.

And I’m always on the go, both on the job and at home. I never sit still!

Georgina Fernandez's Top Tips for a Long Life

Georgina Fernandez,

28 Years at Pritikin
Georgina’s Tips For a Long, Healthy Life

I exercise every morning. It starts my day off right.

By the time I get to work, I’m feeling refreshed, energized, and good all over in my body, heart, mind, and soul.

I love mixing cardio on either the treadmill or bicycle with weight training. That covers all the bases for me!

James Lepe's Top Tips for a Long Life

James Lepe,
Dining Room Supervisor

27 Years at Pritikin
James’s Tips For a Long, Healthy Life

All my family has diabetes. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 18. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that living the Pritikin Program has kept my diabetes in excellent control all my life. I’d be dead if it weren’t for the Pritikin Program! Coming here every day, staying active, and enjoying all the healthy food in our dining room has given me a wonderful life!

Shirley Martin's Top Tips for a Long Life

Shirley Martin,
Sales and Registration

27 Years at Pritikin
Shirley’s Tips For a Long, Healthy Life

I absolutely believe that exercise is one of the keys to longevity and mobility. I exercise on the treadmill most days, and I lift weights every other day.

I also believe that healthy food is fuel for a healthy body.

And I believe that having an active social circle of friends and family is vital for a long and healthy life, and having a spiritual belief keeps us focused on what is most important.

Being a part of Pritikin all these years and helping participants make healthy choices is a very big part of my healthy and positive outlook in life.

Ivan Ferran's Top Tips for a Long Life

Ivan Ferran,
Exercise Director

25 Years at Pritikin
Ivan’s Tips For a Long, Healthy Life

I like the old saying, “If you stop, you rust.”

At any age, keep yourself as active as you can. If exercising at the gym isn’t your thing, that’s okay. Pick any type of physical activity or sport you enjoy, and enjoy it almost every day.

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