Good health starts with your brain. It’s one of the most vital organs and should be cared for and maintained.
• Take brain health to heart: What’s good for the heart is good for the brain. Do something every day to prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol and maintain blood sugar levels within recommended ranges.
• Feed your brain: Eat less fat and more antioxidant-rich foods.
• Work your body: Physical exercise keeps the blood flowing and may encourage new brain cells. Do what you can – like walking 30 minutes a day- to keep both body and mind active.
• Jog your mind: Keeping your brain active and engaged increases its vitality and builds reserves of brain cells and connections. Read, write, play games, learn new things or do crossword puzzles.
• Connect with others: Leisure activities that combine physical, mental and social elements may be most likely to prevent dementia. Be social, converse, volunteer, join a club or take a class.
Heads up! Protect your brain: Take precautions against head injuries.
- Use your car seat belts, unclutter your house to avoid falls; wear a helmet when cycling or in-line skating.
- Use your head: Avoid unhealthy habits. Don’t smoke, drink excessive alcohol or use street drugs
Think ahead! Start today: You can do something today to protect your tomorrow.