June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Let us celebrate by learning how to keep our brains healthy. The good news is we can control and prevent or delay the onset of dementia through our lifestyle choices.
Blood vessels and the heart nourish the brain. You can keep your heart healthy by maintaining a healthy weight, keeping your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar under control and not using tobacco products.
Exercise is another way to keep you heart and body healthy. Exercise increases the blood and oxygen to the brain, and exercise maintains and promotes brain cell connections.
Protect your brain from injury. Learn how to prevent falls, wear your seatbelt, practice safe driving, and wear helmets.
Practice activities to reduce stress since stress can effect memory and thinking abilities. Reduce stress through journaling, meditation, yoga, and connecting with friends.
Nutrition is an important lifestyle factor that can help prevent or delay the onset of dementia. Choose to eat minimally processed foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, poultry, fish, nuts, and healthy fats, like olive oil.
Keep your mind active to form new connections among brains cells. Some ideas include playing games, reading, trying something new, cooking, puzzles, music and art.
Finally, social engagement is associated with living longer. Have a regular scheduled social activity once per week, such as visiting family and friends, participating in a club or group, volunteering and staying involved in the community.
By applying a few lifestyle changes, you too can keep your brain healthy.
Summer is a fun time for gatherings, including picnics and cookouts. Because of warmer temperatures, foodborne illness increases in summer. Stay healthy and safe during warmer months by following these food safety recommendations.
When bringing food to a picnic or cookout:
When cooking on the grill:
When serving food outdoors:
For more food safety information visit: www.foodsafety.gov
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