Key Points

diet & nutrition

  • obesity has a devastating effect on quality of life
  • plant-based diet promotes neurogenesis
  • animal-based diet promotes chronic disease

physical exercise

  • primes the brain for learning
  • improves memory and concentration
  • exercise IS medicine (ADHD, depression, Parkinson’s)

mental exercise

  • brain growth factors spawn nerve cells throughout life
  • lifelong learning improves quality of life

social network (relationships)

  • health and happiness are contagious
  • attitude is more important than
    education, skill or money




Key Readings (click to expand list)

  • Life Expectancy Calculator at www.livingto100.com
  • Thomas, William H.: What Are Old People For?: How Elders Will Save the World. Massachusetts: VanderWyk & Burnham, 2004
  • Six Unhealthy Truths: Rising Rates of Chronic Disease www.FightChronicDisease.org
  • Dor A, et al. A Heavy Burden: The Individual Costs of Being Overweight and Obese in the US. George Washington University School of Public Health, September 21, 2010
  • F as in Fat 2010 Report: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future, HealthyAmericans.org/obesity
  • Blue Brain Project, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
    The Blue Brain Project is an attempt to reverse engineer the brain, to explore how it functions and to serve as a tool for neuroscientists and medical researchers. www.bluebrain.epfl.ch
  • Pollan, Michael. In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. New York: Penguin Press, 2008 www.michaelpollan.com
  • Food, Inc., Magnolia Pictures, www.foodincmovie.com
  • Kolbert, Elizabeth. XXXL Why are we so fat? The New Yorker. July 20, 2009 www.newyorker.com
  • Campbell TC, Campbell TM. The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health. Texas: BenBella Books, 2004 www.thechinastudy.com
  • Chilton, Floyd. Inflammation Nation: The First Clinically Proven Eating Plan to End Our Nation's Secret Epidemic. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.
  • Chilton, Floyd. The Gene Smart Diet: The Revolutionary Eating Plan That Will Rewrite Your Genetic Destiny--And Melt Away the Pounds. New York: Rodale, 2009
  • Maroon J. The Longevity Factor: How Resveratrol and Red Wine Activate Genes for a Longer and Healthier Life. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009
  • Michán S, Li Y, Chou MM, et al. SIRT1 is essential for normal cognitive function and synaptic plasticity. J Neurosci 30(29):695-707, 2010
  • Brown S, Vaughn C. Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. New York: Penquin Group, 2009 www.StuartBrownMD.com
  • The National Institutes for Play: www.nifplay.org
  • Ratey, John J. and Hagerman, Eric. Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. New York: Little Brown Co., 2008 www.johnratey.com
  • PE4life.org is a non-profit organization determined to make quality, health-and-wellness-based physical education a reality in our schools on a daily basis. Research shows that children in PE4life programs are reaping the benefits in several areas, including fitness, academic performance and discipline issues.
  • CleverCrazes.com
  • Chaddock L, Erickson KI, Prakash RS, et al. Basal Ganglia Volume Is Associated with Aerobic Fitness in Preadolescent Children. Dev Neurosci 32:249-56, 2010
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi
  • www.aerobictest.com
  • www.exerciseismedicine.org
  • Alberts, J. Forced Exercise Provides Benefit Similar to Levodopa in Parkinson's Disease. Movement Disorder Society's 13th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders: Abstract LB-13. Presented June 10, 2009. www.medscape.com
  • www.conductorcise.com
  • Thompson, Clive. Are Your Friends Making You Fat? New York Times. September 10, 2009 www.nytimes.com
  • Thomas M. Gill. Our Grandparents, Our Parents, Our Future Selves: Optimizing Function in Old Age, Syracuse University Center for Policy Research, Policy Brief No. 42, 2010. http://www-cpr.maxwell.syr.edu/aging_ltc/
  • Christakis NA, Fowler JA: Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, 2009 connectedthebook.com
  • Christakis NA, Fowler JA: Spread of Obesity in a Large Social Network, NEJM 357:370-79, 2007
  • Fowler JH, Christakis NA. Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study. BMJ 4:337:a2338, 2008
  • Rosano C, Venkatraman VK, Guralnik J, et al. Psychomotor Speed and Functional Brain MRI 2 Years After Completing a Physical Activity Treatment. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 65A (6): 639-647, 2010
  • Pontifex MB, Hillman CH, Fernhall B, Thompson KM, Valentini TA. The effect of acute aerobic and resistance exercise on working memory. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 41(4):927-34, 2009
  • Ford ES, Bergmann MM, Kroger J, Schienkiewitz A, Weikert C, Boeing H. Healthy Living Is the Best Revenge: Findings From the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition-Potsdam Study. Arch Intern Med 169(15):1355-1362, 2009

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Change Your Brain, Change Your Life:
How neuroscience can help the United Way improve the common good.

Reference (listed in order of appearance in lecture)

 

  • Brown, Stuart and Vaughn, Christopher. Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. New York: Penquin Group, 2009 www.stuartbrownmd.com
  • The National Institutes for Play: www.nifplay.org
  • Blue Brain Project, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
    The Blue Brain Project is an attempt to reverse engineer the brain, to explore how it functions and to serve as a tool for neuroscientists and medical researchers. The project is focused on creating a physiological simulation for biomedical applications. More info > bluebrain.epfl.ch
  • Thompson PM, et al. Growth Patterns in the Developing Human Brain. Nature 404(6774):190-3, 2000
  • The Child’s Developing Brain, New York Times. September 15, 2008. www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/09/15/health/20080915-brain-development.html
  • Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI), UCLA www.loni.ucla.edu
  • Every Child Succeeds mission is to offer Greater Cincinnati first-time mothers and their families support to ensure an optimal start for their children. A collaborative program that includes 16 provider agencies whose nurses, social workers and child development specialists provide home visits for first-time, at-risk mothers on a regular basis from the time of pregnancy until the child's third birthday. More info > www.cincinnatichildrens.org/svc/alpha/e/every-child
  • Success by 6® is a national United Way strategy in more than 350 cities across the country all focused on improving school readiness through local community change. The first years of a child's life, birth through age five, are the most important years for building a strong foundation for future success in school and in life. More info > www.sb6uwgc.org
  • Pollan, Michael. In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. New York: Penguin Press, 2008 www.michaelpollan.com
  • Kolbert, Elizabeth. XXXL Why are we so fat? The New Yorker. July 20, 2009 www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2009/07/20/090720crbo_books_kolbert
  • Campbell, T. Collin and Campbell, Thomas M. The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health. Texas: BenBella Books, 2004 www.thechinastudy.com/about.html
  • Ratey, John J. and Hagerman, Eric. Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. New York: Little Brown Co., 2008 www.johnratey.com
  • PE4life is a non-profit organization determined to make quality, health-and-wellness-based physical education a reality in our schools on a daily basis. Research studies show that children in PE4life programs are reaping the benefits in several areas, including physical fitness, academic performance and discipline issues. www.pe4life.org
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi
  • Alberts, J. Forced Exercise Provides Benefit Similar to Levodopa in Parkinson's Disease. Movement Disorder Society's 13th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders: Abstract LB-13. Presented June 10, 2009. www.medscape.com/viewarticle/704397
  • Thompson, Clive. Are Your Friends Making You Fat? New York Times. September 10, 2009 www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/magazine/13contagion-t.html

 

Forever Healthy

Forever Healthy Seminar - Spring Island, SC
April 12, 2012

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