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H.E.A.D.s Up Newsletter March 2020

Keep Your Brain Fit

Keeping your brain fit may not be at the forefront of your mind at all times. However, there are daily lifestyle practices you can implement into your routine to keep your brain healthy. Below are a few steps you can take to boost brain health. 

  1. Practice heart health. Check out February's newsletter to learn what you can do to be proactive and protect your heart!
  2. Be physically active for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Physical activity includes many forms of movement.
  3. Stimulate your brain with a crossword puzzle or learn something new. Your brain benefits from being challenged with new tasks.
  4. Cherishing your sleep makes your brain happy. Your brain deserves proper rest after working hard all day! 
  5. Staying social helps keep your brain fit by boosting feelings of well-being and decreasing feelings of depression.

Source: Well onTarget
Source: Psychology Today

Coach from Well onTarget talking about how exercise helps the brain.
90 Seconds: Your Brain on Exercise

Exercise provides a number of benefits, but have you specifically thought about how it supports your brain? Listen to this 90-second video to learn how exercise enhances brain health.

Source: Well onTarget
National Health Observance for March 
Sleep Awareness 

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Joins us March 16-22 to celebrate sleep health! Sleep is a major factor that contributes to our overall health and well-being. Learn more about how you can prioritize sleep from the SleepFoundation. 

Source: SleepFoundation
Image Source: National Sleep Foundation

Exercise for Your Brain

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You have probably heard that exercise is good for your brain health. But do you know the science behind it all? Below are a few ways exercise helps to enhance brain health.
  • Delivers more oxygen & nutrients to the brain by means of increased blood flow
  • Releases nourishing proteins which promote the growth of new neurons (building blocks of the brain)
  • The body releases feel-good chemicals known as dopamine and endorphins. This lowers stress and boosts mood.
  • Improves long-term and short-term memory
  • Boosts energy levels during the day & helps you sleep better at night

Click on the source below to learn more from the Dana Foundation about how exercise affects the brain.
Video discussing shoulder impingement from Airrosti provider.
Do you suffer from shoulder pain? Listen in to Dr. Casey Crisp, with Airrosti providers, to learn what contributes to shoulder pain and limited range of motion. He also shares 4 simple exercises to help strengthen the group of muscles in the shoulder to help alleviate pain.
Source : Airrosti 

5 Foods Linked to Better Brain Power include green veggies, fatty fish, berries, tea/coffee, and walnuts.

Just like your car needs gas to take you to your destination, your brain also needs to be fueled in order to perform. The next time you go on a trip to the grocery store, add some of the brain healthy foods listed above to your shopping cart! Learn more about the nutrients contained in these foods and how they contribute to brain health from Harvard Health. 

Source: Harvard Health Publishing
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Do you have 45 minutes twice a week to improve your health? 

Join us for YOGA!

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 12:00-12:45 pm
Where: First Floor Fitness Center
No registration is required.
The class is first come first served as space is limited. 

Yoga leads to improved physical fitness, increased ability to concentrate, and decreased stress. It's activity that helps both your body and mind and is a great way to relax and rejuvenate. So, set aside time every Tuesday and Thursday to join us! We can't wait to see you there!
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Check out the following short bulletins to stay up-to-date with your wellness and learn more about your health!
Take a quiz over the bulletins for your chance to win a FITBIT (or other valuable prizes) by simply submitting a printout or screenshot of your results!
Submit quiz results to Sheri Meyer (5th floor - room 528 or to be entered into the drawing. We'll draw again in May!

Don't forget to include your name!

Source: WELCOA
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Source : TED
Exercise Your Brain With This Brain Teaser!
Video of Coaching Moment from WellonTarget.
Coaching Moment
Learn how to stay mentally fit with Coach Dani from Well onTarget. She has a challenge for you to help keep your thinking sharp!

Source: Well onTarget
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B/CS Community Events 
Join B/CS community for free exercise events such as yoga and barre! Click the link to find out more. 
Experience Bryan College Station Events
See what all B/CS has to offer! Click the link to find out more about the events going on in  B/CS.

Brazos Valley Farmers' Market
Come out every Saturday to downtown Bryan to find farm-fresh goods. Click the link to find out more.

Salsa Saturdays at The Village
Come out every Saturday to The Village in Downtown Bryan for salsa dancing. Click the link to find out more. 

Walk With A Doc
Baylor Scott & White invites you to join one of their providers for a 1 mile walk where you can ask health questions. Click the link to find out more.
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Did you know there are certain foods that help support brain health? Harvard Health Publishing explains how the brain benefits from sources of omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, & antioxidants. These components can be found in foods such as leafy greens, fatty fish, berries, tea, coffee, and walnuts. Try out these nutritious recipes below to feed your brain the right fuel!

  Image of Brain Berry Jam
Try out this delicious Brain Berry Jam to provide your brain with antioxidants that can potentially slow aging in the brain!

Source: Cleveland Clinic
Image of Cinnamon Walnut Brain Bar

Are you craving something sweet but healthy? Let these tasty Cinnamon Walnut Brain Bars satisfy your cravings while feeding your brain proper nutrition!

Source: Cleveland Clinic

Image of Lime Glazed Salmon

This Lime Glazed Salmon is a delicious source of omega 3-fatty acids that are essential to brain health! Include fish on your dish at least twice a week.

Source: Cleveland Clinic

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Are you a tea or coffee phenatic? Reap the brain benefits coffee and tea has to offer without the added calories and sugar with Your Guide to the Most Healthy Ways to Drink Coffee and Tea.

Source: Cleveland Clinic
Additional Info: To learn more about preventive care, click here. Click here to find out the recommendations for various screenings and tests.

Log into the wellness portal for even more articles on this topic: Health Screening: Finding Problems Early/ Evaluación de salud: Cómo detectar temprano los problemas de salud.
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