Great Body, Great Mind

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Great Body, Great Mind

Healthy Body, Great Mind

Year 10-12 parent presentation 2013

© Angela Foulds-Cook


What makes a great body?

oHeight?

oStrength?

oColour?

oHealth?

oLooks?


What makes a great Mind?

o Memory?

o Ability to

reason?

o Ability to talk?

o Emotional

control?

o Play music?

o Play sport?

o Understand

others?


We once thought that you were born with a certain

brain capacity...

o that by a certain age we had a

fixed level of IQ with a high/low

% genetically predetermined

o that IQ would reach a

certain level & then

ceil out


Therefore intelligence is NOT FIXED

o This means that you and

your son’s brain is

dynamic and with effort

and persistence it can

change

o Your son’s past

performance does not

necessarily equate to

their future performance


New Technology shows us that…

o The brain has a high

level of plasticity even if

your children are born

with poor genetics or

negative birth

experience factors

o Your son’s environment

plays a huge role as the

brain can develop

many different neural

pathways with use

called Neuroplasticity

o The RAS system plays a

key role in learning


o Brain cells develop

according to the

activity your son doesthe

greater you

increase that activity

the stronger the

development of their

neural connections

o The Brain will develop

brand new connections

with physical use and

with mental rehearsals

and this process is

called…

Neuroplasticity


Neurogenesis

o New cells, Better Brain?

o First reported in rat brains in

1965 confirmed in humans

1998 ( Erickson, et al. 1998;

Kempermann and Gage

1999)

o Conditions needed for

growth?- constant learning

opportunities and a good

sense of self esteem

produce feel-good

chemicals e.g. dopamine,

serotonin which help us all

grow new brain cells


ain pressure gauge

visual input

auditory input, selective

and usually malfunctioning

volume control

brain

oxygen

collection

mouth – not

always

connected

to brain

testosterone supply:

currently 7 times

what you will have

at age 23

MRI scan of a

typical TSS year 11

head

Mike Sleeman


Movement releases

chemical

messengers such

as…

neurotransmitters

which play a

primary role in our

getting our brains

ready to learn


Raising your

energy levels by

eating

healthy food and

drinking water…

raises

learning

performance


an effective part of

a functioning brain -

• will be used regularly

• will have information, knowledge and facts

which are reviewed weekly

• if knowledge contained is not reviewed,

it is overwritten, or becomes inaccessible to

its owner

• without review, 70 percent of what is

‘learned’ is forgotten within three weeks

• can only work for 40 minutes without

‘slumping’

• needs regular motivation

Mike Sleeman


oWater

Great minds physically need…

oGlucose

oOxygen

oSleep


Water

o Brain dehydrates rapidly

o Plain un-iced water - water

containing flavours, juices,

caffeine are not as good as

they are processed

differently e.g. pure water

does not increase urine

production production

nearly as much as drinks

such as coffee

o Nutritionists recommend 6-

8 glasses per day

o Frequent sipping of water

during exams

recommended for

enhanced performance


Glucose

o Energy comes from food but the

ability to make effective use of

this energy comes from keeping

the body well hydrated

o In exams the brain is drained of

glucose after about 45 mins.~

foods such as bunch of grapes,

natural jelly snakes are useful


Breakfast

o should not be

skipped--a very

important meal

of the day to

kick start your

son’s brain

function

o Include protein

e.g.; eggs,

peanut butter,

milk, baked

beans as well as

carbohydrates


Examples of Optimal brain foods

o Oily fish such as: Salmon, tuna,

sardines and flax seed oils contain

high levels of Omega 3 Efa’s

(promote myelin sheath) promotes

clear thinking

o Blue berries/berries- anti-oxidants

o Foods containing choline such as:

beef steak, soya products, potatoes

eggs, skim milk, Peanut Butter,

Oranges and Potatoes

o WATER!


Top 10 Super Memory Foods

1. Fish: especially cold

water-trout, salmon,

tuna, herring, mackerel,

sardines

2. Eggs

3. Soybeans

4. Lean Beef

5. Chicken Livers

6. Whole wheat

7. Chicken

8. Bananas & Blueberries

9. Low fat diary products

10. Avocados

Markowitz., MA &

Jensen, E

The Great Memory Book


Try to get students to avoid…

o Salt & Caffeine

o Cola drinks

o Fast Foods- full of

sugar, fat & artificial

colourings

o Poor nutrition leads

to poor brain power

o Alcohol

o Drugs


Oxygen

o “Those who aerate their

bodies before tests, the way

athletes do before

competing, find that they are

more relaxed, but still well

focused”

o Brain uses 20% of Oxygen

intake

o

Ward. ,C & Daley. J.-’Learning to Learn,

Strategies for accelerating learning and

boosting performance’, 1998


o Necessary for brain

maintenance & repair

Sleep


Sleep

o "Early to bed, and early to rise,

makes a man healthy, wealthy,

and wise."

--- Benjamin Franklin, 1758 (in

Poor Richard's Almanack)

o "The beginning of health is

sleep."

--- Irish Proverb


How much sleep? 8-9 hours!


Brain Care


We know that all of us are unique

human beings with a unique brain

and it is vital that we all protect our

brains so….

o Eat healthy foods

o Drink plenty of water

o Get enough sleep

o Insist that your son wears a helmet

when doing exciting activities like

biking or skateboarding

o Swim between the flags

Thank you for taking the time to learn about your son!

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