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Brain Awareness Week

When is Brain Aware­ness Week?

March 12–18, 2007

What Will Happen

The Brain Aware­ness Week is a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn more about how the brain func­tions and how to cul­ti­vate a healthy brain. The Dana Foun­da­tion and mul­ti­ple part­ners, such as Sharp­Brains, will lead out­reach events world­wide.

In the blog of the Dana Foun­da­tion we can read today that “To my knowl­edge, the brain is the only organ in the human body that is cel­e­brat­ed and hon­ored for an entire week. This year, 2,000 orga­ni­za­tions in 69 coun­tries will observe Brain Aware­ness Week with activ­i­ties, exhibits and com­pe­ti­tions, most from March 12 through 18.”

SharpBrains-Related Activities During Brain Awareness Week

  • Brain Fit­ness Aware­ness: 35 dif­fer­ent Osh­er Life­long Learn­ing Insti­tutes across the Unit­ed States will dis­trib­ute our Brain Fit­ness 101 guide and oth­er mate­ri­als to their mem­bers for free.
  • Train-The-Train­er Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion: The Osh­er Life­long Learn­ing Insti­tute net­work will help launch the Sharp­Brains Train-The-Train­er Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to equip inter­est­ed instruc­tors across the US with the knowl­edge and cur­ricu­lum to teach our Exer­cis­ing Our Brains class. Class descrip­tion: We are in charge. Neu­ro­sci­en­tists have final­ly shown that, at any age, our men­tal activ­i­ty influ­ences the gen­er­a­tion of new neu­rons and their con­nec­tions, with clear guide­lines to fol­low. We can improve our mem­o­ry, con­cen­tra­tion, deci­sion-mak­ing, plan­ning skills, reac­tion time, abil­i­ty to deal with change. In this class, we will review some of the most spec­tac­u­lar brain research find­ings, dis­cuss the impli­ca­tions from a user-friend­ly per­spec­tive, and prac­tice work­ing out our brains with a vari­ety of fun, nov­el and engag­ing activ­i­ties. You have prob­a­bly heard “Use it or lose it”. The lat­est research indi­cates, “Use it and improve it!”
  • Exer­cis­ing Our Brains Class at St. James Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter in San Fran­cis­co, Cal­i­for­nia.
  • March 8 Work­shop: The Neu­ro­science of Stress and Stress Man­age­ment. Descrip­tion: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, Sharp­Brains CEO, will present the lat­est neu­ro­science find­ings about the impact of stress on per­for­mance and intro­duce a vari­ety of tech­niques to help us man­age stress dur­ing Accenture’s Third Annu­al Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Day.
  • March 14 Work­shop: Sharp Brains at Work. Descrip­tion: Com­pa­nies and employ­ees need to adapt con­stant­ly. Learn­ing about how the brain works and learns helps ensure smooth change man­age­ment process­es. We will lead this work­shop at con­sult­ing firm Ori­go to help their con­sul­tants and clients thrive.

Other events

Oth­er Resources

Please spend a few min­utes over the week­end to ask your­self:

- What do I know about my brain

- What would I like to know about my brain?

- What am I doing to cul­ti­vate and nur­ture my brain as much as I do care for oth­er areas of my health and fit­ness?

We hope you engage next week to find, and share, your answers!

Please remem­ber that you can always con­tact us through this blog or through the Con­tact Us form.

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