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Healthy Brain Campaign!

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.