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6 PILLARS
OF BRAIN HEALTH

 

 SMART FOOD RECIPE
BEAN & SALMON SALAD
 


  Members & Employees
Care for Your Health  
Get Your
FREE
 
Wellness Health Screenings 
at the AMO Plans
Medical Clinic 
Call Ext.7305
Email: healthandwellness@amoplans.com
or
Stop by the clinic for your 
2017 Health Screenings!

 

Sailing Members:
As with all AMO Plans Health & Wellness Initiatives, any health information obtained is private and not shared with any required merchant mariner physical exam process. This information is strictly for your betterment and may be shared with your physician at your discretion
.
 

Stop by the clinic for your 
2017 Heart Health Screen!
 

 
AMO PLANS LIVING WELL

August 2017    

STAY SMART
 
   
BRAIN HEALTH
refers to the ability to remember, learn, plan, concentrate and maintain a clear, active mind. It's being able to draw on the strengths of your brain-information management, logic, judgment, perspective and wisdom. Brain health is also a key part of your overall health. 
 
Research suggests that combining good nutrition with mental, social and physical activities may have a greater benefit in maintaining or improving brain health than any single activity.

Get Mental Stimulation 
Any mentally stimulating activity should help to build up your brain. Read, take courses, try "mental gymnastics," such as word puzzles or math problems Experiment with things that require manual dexterity as well as mental effort, such as drawing, painting, and other crafts.

Improve Your Blood Sugar,
Cholesterol, and Blood Pressure
 

High levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol increase the risk of dementia, as do low levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol. Diabetes is an important risk factor for dementia, and high blood pressure in midlife increases the risk of cognitive decline in old age.

Stay Connected 
Treasure your loved ones. A rich social network provides sources of support, reduces stress, combats depression and enhances intellectual stimulation.
Happy marriages or long-term relationships and having a purpose in life have shown significant protective effects against age-related cognitive impairment.

Get Physical  
Exercise spurs the development of new nerve cells and increases the connections between brain cells (synapses). This results in brains that are more efficient, plastic, and adaptive, which translates into better performance. People who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. 
    
The Power of Pets 
You may be surprised at just how many ways a pet can improve your health. Pets can calm you down, boost your immunity, improve your heart health, keep you moving, and enhance your social life.

Brain Food 
A balanced diet can also protect the brain and ward off mental disorders: Eat the Right Foods : 
 
Omega-3 Fatty Acids   - found in salmon and walnuts- provide many benefits, including improving learning and memory and helping to fight against such mental disorders as depression and mood disorders, schizophrenia, and dementia.

Antioxidant-Rich Foods - such as berries have been shown to protect the brain against oxidative damage

Remember your Bs - Three B vitamins, folic acid, B6, and B12, can help lower your homocysteine levels which can decrease your risk of dementia. Fortified cereal, other grains, and leafy green vegetables are good sources of B vitamins.

In the Month of August  
Learn how lifestyle has a profound impact on your brain health.  
By taking steps to help keep your brain and body healthy, you can enhance your life now and even help reduce risks to your brain as you age. 
    
Have a great August!
   
American Maritime Officers Plans

Sources: https:brainhealth.acl.gov; www.health.harvard.edu;
newsroom.ucla.edu; www. health.clevelandclinic.org

 Chef Shannon's Cooking Classes 
A Special Invitation for
Members & Guests


While Staying on Campus Please Make Sure to Attend One of Chef Shannon's
Cooking Classes!


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