Healthy Brain Basics

Steps Toward a Better Brain
By: Elizabeth Sukys-Rice, LCSW
WHERE TO BEGIN
There are many things that can affect brain health. Start with one small step in the right direction:
■ Schedule a health screening or physical exam
■ Review your medicines with your health care provider
■ Add one daily serving of vegetables to your diet
■ Start a food, activity, or health journal
■ Find your community center’s activity schedule
■ If you are a Medicare beneficiary, schedule an Annual Wellness Visit

PROTECTING YOUR BRAIN HEALTH
Good overall health may help to maintain good brain health. These tips may help you stay active and healthy, physically and mentally.
■ Eat or drink less sugar, salt, and solid fat
■ Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole
grains
■ Choose lean meats, fish, or poultry
■ Control portion sizes
■ Choose low- or non-fat dairy
■ Drink adequate fluids
■ Make physical activity a part of your routine
■ Seek exercise guidance from a health care provider
■ Join programs that teach
exercise safety
■ Volunteer or work
■ Join a social club or gather
with friends
■ Try programs at local community centers
■ Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night

The information in this blog was provided by:
https://www.nia.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2018-05/brain-health-basics.pdf

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