Healthy Brain Campaign! For kids to achieve their best, they need to keep their developing brains healthy. How? Here are some ideas from the neuroscientists:
- Avoid alcohol, tobacco and other drugs – Caffeine should be used, if at all, only in moderation. Avoid all “performance-enhancing” products, including ephedrine.
- Exercise your brain – Hours of TV do not promote healthy brain growth. Talk, read, look at maps, look up words, learn a new hobby! Take classes that are challenging, but not overwhelming. Active use strengthens the brain.
- Protect your head! Wear helmets and seatbelts.
- Nutrition – Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, drink enough water (6-8 glasses per day). Some studies have suggested that omega-3 fatty acids, found in seafood, may have helpful effects on brain functioning.
- Physical activity – Get plenty of exercise.
- Get enough sleep – Getting less than 6 hours can cause problems with coordination, thinking and mood. Most people need 7-9 hours of sleep, and teens may need more.