West Palm Beach, Florida—Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc., Palm Beach County’s community foundation for health, has just announced its first annual Train the Brain “Better Health” campaign to be held from January 16 – February 16, 2018. Train the Brain is designed to help Palm Beach County residents reduce stress through brain fitness, achieve balance in their lives and show compassion to individuals with acute and persistent mental health challenges. The leading sponsor for the Train the Brain campaign is the Merrell Family Foundation.
Palm Healthcare Foundation is encouraging all Palm Beach County residents to participate in the brain fitness challenge by taking a pledge and committing to making conscious changes in their thinking and habits to increase brain fitness. Throughout the campaign, participants can attend a variety of free events across the county that will teach brain fitness techniques.
Participants can take the pledge at TrainTheBrainPBC.org and use the social media hashtag #TraintheBrainPBC to share photos of their participation in the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
A few fast facts:
ï 1 in 4 people in Palm Beach County, approximately 330,000 people, have a mental health disorder, according to the National Institute on Mental Health
ï Florida ranks 49th in funding for behavioral health among all U.S. states
ï 80% of Americans will develop a diagnosable mental illness at some point in their lives
“Good brain fitness is just as important as physical fitness,” said Jill Merrell of the Merrell Family Foundation. “In fact, improved brain fitness leads to better health overall. Our brains can’t do push-ups or run laps, but we can train our brains to minimize the harmful effects of stress and achieve balance in our lives. Our foundation is proud to support the efforts of this campaign.”
Community events during the campaign include:
Inaugural Train the Brain Luncheon–Friday, January 19, 2018, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Kravis Center Cohen Pavilion, West Palm Beach, 701 Okeechobee Boulevard, with guest speaker Amishi Jha, PhD, the Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the UMindfulness Initiative, to discuss optimizing attention, building brain fitness and how to protect the brain from stress and aging. Tickets are $150. The leading luncheon sponsor is Jupiter Medical Center’s Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness.
“Hearing Voices”–Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 5:30-8 p.m. at the Mollie Wilmot Center at Palm Healthcare Pavilion, 5205 Greenwood Avenue, West Palm Beach. This program will simulate the experience of living with a mental illness. Attendees will use headphones to understand what it’s like to hear voices. The event is open to the public.
FRESHFEST–Sunday, February 10, 2018, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Meyer Amphitheater, West Palm Beach. Palm Healthcare Foundation will sponsor group guided meditation, mindfulness workshops and a booth where visitors can take the pledge and win prizes.
For information on additional events planned during Train the Brain, visit www.TraintheBrainPBC.org.
“Brain health affects every single person in Palm Beach County,” said Patrick McNamara, President and CEO of Palm Healthcare Foundation. “The more we learn about the brain, the more we understand just how dependent our health is on this amazing, complex organ. While we have learned and developed good daily habits to take care of other parts of our bodies, few of us pay attention to our brain health, let along adopt daily brain health habits. Now is the time to put a spotlight on this important health issue.”
Small changes to daily routines can improve brain function and lead to better health. A few easy suggestions include:
ï Unplug from TV and phones an hour before bedtime
ï Make someone’s day with an act of kindness
ï Listen to music to relax
ï Take a walk to connect with nature
ï Try a yoga class and focus on breathing
“The foundation’s goal is to change the conversation about mental health and address and correct controllable factors that that cause brain health challenges,” added McNamara.
About Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc.
Palm Healthcare Foundation is Palm Beach County’s community foundation for health. With the support of donors and a focus on results, the foundation builds strong community partnerships, respects diverse opinions, advocates for its most vulnerable neighbors and inspires innovative solutions to lead change for better health for generations to come. Palm Healthcare Foundation has invested nearly $75 million dollars in Palm Beach County health since 2001. For more information about Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc., visit www.palmhealthcare.org or call (561) 833-6333. For more information on Train The Brain, call 561-837-2283.