About the Train the Brain Campaign:

Train the Brain, Palm Healthcare Foundation Inc.’s newest “Better Health Campaign,” takes place between January 16 and February 16, 2018. The goals of Train the Brain are to help Palm Beach County residents reduce stress through brain fitness, achieve balance in their lives and show compassion to individuals with acute and persistent mental health challenges.

Good brain fitness is just as important as physical fitness.  In fact, improved brain fitness leads to better health overall.  Our brains can’t do pushups or run laps, but we can train our brains to minimize the harmful effects of stress and achieve balance in our lives.

It’s important to learn how to feed, nurture and strengthen our brains while also eliminating activities that can cause brain stress and ultimately lead to chronic health issues.

Here are some things you might not realize have a negative effect on brain health:

  • Multitasking can overload the brain and actually cause it to shrink!
  • Too much smartphone and internet use can exhaust your brain and inhibit deep thinking.
  • Sleep deprivation to the brain is the equivalent of being drunk – brain function and response speed worsen.
  • A stressful environment can reduce blood flow in the brain and lower its functioning.

But here’s the good news: there are so many brain fitness activities that can make the brain stronger! Even the smallest of changes to our daily routines and practices can lead to better brain health.  For example:

  • Learning a new hobby has been shown to increase brain function.
  • Participating in meaningful social activities (i.e. volunteering, visiting with friends and family) maintains and increases brain function.
  • We can train our brains to think positively and form happy thoughts to drive out negative, harmful ones.
  • Meditation rewires the brain and reduces stress, anxiety and depression.

Palm Healthcare Foundation is encouraging all Palm Beach County residents to participate in the brain fitness challenge. Participants can start by taking the Train the Brain pledge and committing to making conscious changes in their thinking and habits to increase their brain fitness.

Throughout the campaign, participants can attend a variety of FREE events across Palm Beach County that will teach brain fitness techniques and bring the community together for better health.

Palm Healthcare Foundation hopes you will join Train the Brain, take the pledge, and commit to brain fitness!

*Sources: Center for Brain Health & Reader’s Digest