Good For Your Brain Health

October 23, 2012

Jonnell, Registered Dietitian

This month I had the opportunity to attend the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics National Conference and a weight management course.  I always come away from these events inspired and with new knowledge as well as practical advice on how to apply some of the new research.  One of the most interesting lectures I attending while at the conference was given by Court Vreeland, DC, DACNB, on the topic Neuroprotective Nutrition.  A lot of research was presented, but what I was most interested in was what practical steps someone could take to help promote brain health.  As it turns out, many of the recommendations are things that dietitians and other health care providers often recommend for general health and for the prevention of heart disease:

  • Exercise
  • Proper diet
  • Following recommendations for prevention of Cardiovascular Disease including:
    • Control your blood pressure
    •     Preferably through weight management and exercise
    • Control your cholesterol levels
    •     Preferably through diet and exercise
  • Diabetes prevention or control
    • Exercise, weight management, and diet
  •     Learn new skills and keep your brain active

You may notice a recurring theme of weight management, diet and exercise.  If you’d like more information on weight management, heart healthy diets or diabetes management check out the Harmons Dietitian calendar of events and join one of your Harmons Dietitians for a workshop or store tour (with the added benefit of learning something new).