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Healthy at 100: An Afternoon with John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America, the Food Revolution, and Healthy at 100

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

The Pine Street Foundation was pleased to welcome John Robbins to Marin County to speak about his new book, Healthy at 100. Through the example of four very different cultures that have the distinction of producing some of the world's healthiest, oldest people, Robbins revealed the secrets for living an extended and fulfilling life in which our later years become a period of wisdom, vitality, and happiness. From Abkhasia in the Caucasus south of Russia, where age is beauty, and Vilcabamba in the Andes of South America, where laughter is the greatest medicine, to Hunza in Central Asia, where dance is ageless, and finally the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa, the modern Shangri-la, where people regularly live beyond a century, Robbins examines how the unique lifestyles of these peoples can influence and improve our own.

Click here to read selections from the transcript of his talk.

Widely considered to be one of the world's leading experts on the dietary link with the environment and health, Robbins' work has been the subject of cover stories and feature articles in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Life, Washington Post, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and many of the nation's other major newspapers and magazines. His life and work have also been featured in an hour long PBS special titled Diet For A New America.

The only son of the founder of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire, Robbins was groomed to follow in his father's footsteps, but chose to walk away from Baskin-Robbins and the immense wealth it represented to "...pursue the deeper American Dream...the dream of a society at peace with its conscience because it respects and lives in harmony with all life forms. A dream of a society that is truly healthy, practicing a wise and compassionate stewardship of a balanced ecosystem."

Often regarded as one of the most eloquent and powerful spokespersons for a sane, ethical, and sustainable future, Robbins has been a featured and keynote speaker at major conferences sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility, Beyond War, Oxfam, the Sierra Club, the Humane Society of the United States, the United Nations Environmental Program, UNICEF, and many other organizations dedicated to creating a healthy, just, and sustainable way of life. He is the recipient of the Rachel Carson Award, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, and the Peace Abbey's Courage of Conscience Award. The widespread media attention he has received has included numerous appearances on national shows including Oprah, Donahue, and Geraldo. When Robbins spoke at the United Nations, he received a standing ovation.

Robbins serves on the boards of many non-profit groups working toward a thriving and sustainable way of life. He is the founder and Board Chair Emeritus of EarthSave International, an organization dedicated to healthy food choices, preservation of the environment, and a more compassionate world. Robbins is also the active Board Chair of Youth For Environmental Sanity (YES!), which educates, inspires, and empowers youth to take positive action for all life on Earth.

He lives with his wife Deo, their son Ocean and his wife Michele, and their grandsons River and Bodhi in the hills outside Santa Cruz, California. The Robbins' offices and home are powered entirely by solar electricity.

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