U of I Extension presents program to promote brain health

Staff Report

Americans receive health-related messages on an almost daily baisis. There are magazine articles about the importance of exercise for your heart, radio programs about how to manage diabetes and newspaper reports about reducing your risks for cancer or autoimmune disease. Yet, how often do you hear messages about brain health? Many times, the term “brain health” evokes thoughts about concussions or brain injuries, but brain health also determines one’s attention, memory, problem-solving and decision-making abilities.

There is increasing evidence that brain health is directly related to body health, that the brain and body function interdependently. Maintaining our sharp memories as we age can often feel like a challenge, but it is not impossible. Join U of I Extension Family Life Educator Janice McCoy at “Head Strong: Exercise Strategies to Enhance Memory and Thinking” to explore some of the key wellness strategies you can employ to maintain and improve your memory and confidence.

Head Strong is a very interactive program that will have participants engaged in fun activities designed to improve brain functioning. The workshop will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, at U of I Extension-Winnebago County office, 1040 N. Second St., Rockford. Fee is $5. To register, call the University of Illinois Extension-Winnebago County office at (815) 986-4357 or visit the website at web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.

“One of the biggest concerns that adults have is how to keep their brains healthy and active. Head Strong is a fun and interactive program that gives participants creative ideas for keeping their brains fit,” says McCoy. “By attending the Head Strong program, you can learn more about the agin brain and what you can do to keep your brain healthy and engaged.”

From the Sept. 19-25, 2012, issue

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