Happy Brain Awareness Week!

logo_2019datesIt’s officially Brain Awareness Week starting today until Sunday, March 17, and people all over the world will be participating in activities about the brain! Every year, Brain Awareness Week partners organize events to educate people about the organ responsible for all that we are and all that we do.

Events are taking place in schools, concert halls, public plazas, cafes, museums, even on boats. If you are unable to make an in-person event, there are plenty of others in the virtual realm, including radio shows, television shows, and webinars. To find events in your area, visit the Brain Awareness Week Calendar of Events and search for your country and city (and state, if you are in the U.S.).

happybaw193

Participants celebrate Brain Awareness Week 2018 at an event organized by Gaston College in Dallas, Texas.

Currently, there are over 680 events on the calendar, and even more will be added throughout the week. Some events listed will take place later in the month as well. If you are based in the New York City area, check out the braiNY calendar, organized by the Greater NYC Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. Continue reading

Brain Awareness Week on Instagram

logo_2019dates
What did high school students in Uganda do to celebrate Brain Awareness Week five years ago? How about neuroscientists and students in the United Kingdom in 2009?

For the month leading up to this year’s campaign (March 11-17), we have been posting #FlashBackFriday pictures on the official Dana Foundation Instagram to give our followers a glimpse of past celebrations from around the world. Just last year alone, we had registered partners from 43 countries and six continents participate in activities about the brain and its importance.

If you want a closer look at how we’ve celebrated Brain Awareness Week in the past—and also want to stay up-to-date with how we’re celebrating this year—follow us on Instagram! We’ll be sharing posts from randomly selected followers who show us how they help spread awareness about brain-related issues, and use the official campaign hashtags (#BrainAwarenessWeek, #BrainWeek)!

Official Brain Awareness Week Hashtags

Are you ready for Brain Awareness Week? With less than one week left before it begins, there are still plenty of ways to get involved.

The global campaign takes place every March, but the evolving ideas, growing number of partners, and new ways to share information continue to make each year a little different. Social media plays a huge role in how the world sees the creative ways our partners around the world are sharing information about the brain. Not to mention, it’s a great way to recap the day’s events, in case you missed anything. When sharing anything about Brain Awareness Week (including your #HealthyBrainChallenge posts), be sure to use the official hashtags: #BrainWeek  #BrainAwarenessWeek

 

With so much happening all at once during the week, we want to help you stay up-to-date with all the amazing work our partners are doing to provide fun and informative events to the public (most of which are free!).

Join the Healthy Brain Challenge

healthybrainchallenge
As we gear up for Brain Awareness Week 2019, the global campaign to increase awareness of the progress and benefits of brain science, we challenge you to share how YOU live a brain healthy life. The Healthy Brain Challenge begins March 11, and anyone can participate!

Here’s how it works:

Do you play board games to challenge your mind? Maybe you exercise and participate in social gatherings three times a week. If so, you are already part of the challenge! Post a picture on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook showing ways that you lead a brain healthy life. Tag your post with #healthybrainchallenge during March 11-17, and your photo may get featured on our social media.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@danafoundation), Facebook (The Dana Foundation) and Twitter (@dana_fdn), where we will post seven healthy tips (one for each day of Brain Awareness Week) on how you can lead a brain healthy life.

Visit dana.org/baw to look up events in your area and for more information on Brain Awareness Week.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Feb. 25-Mar. 3

Today marks the first day of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, an observance created by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) in order to spread awareness about eating disorders and support for those dealing with them. According to NEDA, approximately 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Different studies show varying degrees of prevalence of what is classified as a mental illness, but the fact remains that eating disorders are common and, while not always thought to be the case, profoundly dangerous. Although they may not be considered to be one of the more “serious” mental illnesses, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate out of any mental illness, with anorexia nervosa being the deadliest among them all.

Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., founding director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, which has recently been designated as the National Center of Excellence by SAMHSA. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Bulik.

Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: