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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 30

Practice Pedestrian Safety

In cities across Ontario pedestrian deaths and injuries are on the rise.  Many blame distracted drivers, but distracted pedestrians are also a problem.  Distractions from mobile devices including texting, emailing and music are often to blame.   It is up to both drivers and pedestrians to keep people safe.  Be a safe pedestrian and put down your phone when walking.  Pay attention to the traffic around you and only cross at lights and crosswalks when it is safe to do so.  Learn more about pedestrian safety tips in the following from the Ontario Medical Association.

Ontario Medical Association:  Pedestrian Safety

This is the final day of the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge.  How did you do?

We hope you enjoyed the activities and encourage you to do them on a regular basis to help create a healthier brain over time.  If you missed the challenge, start today!  Visit the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge page on our blog to learn more.

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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 29

Holy Guacamole!  Eat Some Avocado

Avocados are an extremely nutritious fruit providing potassium, fiber, B vitamins, vitamin C, protein, healthy fats and more.  Often overlooked in our diet, avocados also can help boost the brain.  Take a look at the following from Alzheimers.net to learn more about the brain boosting benefits of avocados and for some delicious recipes.

Alzheimers.net:  10 Avocado Recipes for Brain Health

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.

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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 28

Take the Pledge – Don’t Text and Drive!

Did you know that 40% of Acquired Brain Injuries are the result of an automobile accident?  And, that texting while driving is basically like driving with your eyes closed for 5 full seconds?  Distracted driving is a major cause of injury and fatalities on our roads.  Learn more in our previous post, LOL…OMG…RIP, and say I Don’t to distracted driving by taking the pledge at www.idont.ca.

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.

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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 27

Game Time!

Board games aren’t just for kids!  Playing a board game can be a fun activity to do as a family, with friends or even on your own.  Playing a board game can help boost your mood, reduce stress, and improve memory and concentration.  Learn more about the health benefits of board games in the following from Health Fitness Revolution and make time to play one today — you’re brain will thank you!

Health Fitness Revolution: Top 10 Health Benefits of Board Games

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.

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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 26

Have a Handful of Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, are full of healthy nutrients including protein, zinc, magnesium and Omega-3 fatty acids.  They are known to be helpful for your brain and can also help you have a better night’s sleep.  You can eat them as a snack, add to granola, bake with them and more.  Take a look at the following recipes care of Bon Appetit to help you find ways to incorporate these super-seeds into your diet.

Bon Appetit:  Pumpkins, These 30 Recipes Are Just Using You for Your Seeds

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.

 

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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 25

Know the Signs of a Concussion

Did you know that 33% of people report to have experienced a concussion? The most common causes are falls, motor vehicle accidents and sports. The symptoms of a concussion, and the long-term impact can often be life-altering.  Do you know the signs and symptoms?  The following video by Dr. Mike Evans gives a great overview that is simple and easy to understand.  It provides parents and children with vital information about how concussions occur, the symptoms of a concussion, and some guidelines for recovery.

 

Take a look and also view our OT-V episode, Managing a Concussion, below to learn more.

Remember, a concussion is a serious injury and requires treatment and rest to ensure the brain recovers properly, ensure you speak to your Family Doctor and consult an Occupational Therapist if you or your child has suffered a head injury.

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.

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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 24

Take a Hike — Literally!

It’s June– the weather is warmer and trees are in full bloom.  This is the time of year to get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer.  And what better way to enjoy the outdoors, get physical and boost your brain than by taking a hike!  Take a look at a previous post from our blog, Take a Hike- Your Brain will Thank You, to learn more about how a walk in the woods can boost your brain.

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.

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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 23

Eat Your Omega’s

Omega-3 fatty acids are known to be beneficial for the health of your brain as they can help to boost your mood, improve memory and reduce cognitive decline.  Fish, especially salmon, is very high in omega-3’s, but if you are not a fish eater don’t worry, there are alternate sources.  Take a look at the following from Reader’s Digest to learn about some other sources of this brain boosting fatty acid.

Reader’s Digest:  Dislike Fish? 7 Ways to Eat More Omega-3 Foods

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.

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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 22

Safety 1st – Check your Home for Safety Hazards

One of the easiest ways to maintain a healthy brain is to protect it from injury.  Brain Injury is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide and in Canada, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is more common than breast cancer, spinal cord injury, HIV/AIDS, and multiple sclerosis (MS) combined.

Check out our previous blog,  An Ounce of Prevention, to learn helpful ways to prevent injury at home, on the road and at play.  Also view our OT-V video, Fall Prevention, below to learn how to make your home a safer place.

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.

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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 21

Learn Something New

Neurons in our brain have the ability to physically change themselves when faced with new experiences. This ability is called neuroplasticity. As we are exposed to new areas, tasks, information or experiences, neural pathways are formed and existing ones are reshaped. This will continue throughout our entire lives as we learn. So today we encourage you to learn about something new.  Pick a topic that interests you, or has always boggled your mind and spend a good 10 minutes learning more about it.  To go the extra mile commit to learning a new skill such as playing an instrument, a language, or knitting.

Learn more about the brain and how it is changed when you learn something new in the following care of The Huffington Post.

The Huffington Post:  What Happens to Your Brain When You Learn Something New

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.