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Sunday 20 October 2019

Brain health the focus of students’ project

A Transition Year class in Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School in New Ross has come up with a brain boosting awareness programme to help prevent the onset of dementia and alzheimers.

For their TY2 Young Social Innovators class project the girls decided to raise awareness about brain health as they felt people don't realise how important it is to keep your brain healthy. A class spokesperson said: 'Our project is called Brain Boosters. While researching brain health we found out that brain health is deteriorating due to factors including overuse of technology, unhealthy diet, not exercising enough and not getting enough mental stimulation. We also discovered that there is no information to educate people on how to keep your brain healthy. Our class came up with the idea for our project because a lot of the girls in our class know people with brain diseases such as dementia and alzheimers and we wanted to inform people on how to keep their brains healthy to hopefully prevent the likelihood of these diseases in later life.'

The students listed the following simple ways to keep your brain healthy: get mental stimulation such as maths problems or word puzzles; get physical exercise daily for at least 30 minutes; improve your diet; avoid tobacco; don't abuse alcohol; protect your head from injuries.

To find out more information on the project see: Instagram - brain_boosters18; Twitter - boosters_brain; Facebook - olol brain boosters; Email us - brainboosters2018@gmail.com.

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