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Did You know - That June is Brain Awareness Month ?
June is Brain Awareness Month and here is a major advance which is very cool and potentially very useful : an app that takes "brain vitals".
You know how when you go to the doctor, they take your "vitals" ( pulse rate, temperature, blood pressure, breathing rate) ? Well, the army is exploring the use of an app which can measure "brain vitals" as part of a preliminary exam.
--The "brain thermometer" which is an app called DANA (Defense Automated NeuroBehavioral Assessment) is being tested for use with combat-related problems such as physical exhaustion or emotional distress. DANA is able to assist the providers with assessing fitness for duty but can also be useful with the general public to detect TBI, stroke as well as psychological disorders like depression.
--Specifically the DANA presents and records responses to a series of brief tasks which measures mood, cognition, reaction time, spatial discrimination and memory which can flag cognitive or psychological problems affecting brain health.
--If all goes well, this app could become part of a routine medical examination for the general public. Very impressive.
Rev. Michael Heath 6/7/2015
Taking a walk is a good first step to better health and physical fitness.
Even though some health organizations recommend an hour of vigorous physical exercise every day, new studies show that these recommendations are grossly exaggerated and are not necessary if you want to reap the health benefits of being physically active.
--It is not that working out a lot is bad for you but if you are intimidated by the numbers or you don't have the time for an hour a day, don't be discouraged. Taking just a few minutes a few times a week can still provide great results.
--In fact, research has found that as little as 15 min. 5 times a week can greatly reduce the risks diabetes, lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well as lower risks of heart disease.
--In addition the to physical health benefits, moderate exercise greatly helps reduce stress, increase energy levels as well as improves mood and an overall sense of wellness.
--And .. it doesn't even have to be strenuous. If you don't like to run, walk. The key to better health is reaching a threshold of movement and not the duration of or intensity of exertion.
-- The take away from these new studies is don't give up on exercise because you don't think you have the time or it sounds too hard . Something as simple as regularly taking a walk with your dog can be a path to better health.
For more information check out these links:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201505/very-small-amounts-exercise-can-reap-huge-benefits 6 24 2015