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Brain Fitness: Improve Function & Boost Emotional Health

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: Challenging your brain with simple exercises can improve cognitive function and boost emotional health.
Air Date: 9/30/16
Duration: 26:57
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Dave Beal, Program Director & Head National Trainer for Power Brain Education
Dave BealDave Beal is the Program Director and Head National Trainer for Power Brain Education (PBE) and the author of the upcoming book The Power Brain Classroom.  

After several successful years of teaching Brain Education (BE) as a classroom teacher in Freeport and Brooklyn, NY, Dave has spent the last eight years training thousands of administrators, parents and students how to utilize their fullest brain potential through BE.  
Dave’s vision is to help every school in the U.S. become a “Power Brain School” which promotes health, happiness, peace and optimal achievement for each member of the school community. Power Brain Education has worked with 400 schools, training 15,000 teachers and 40,000 students in mindfulness and neuroplasticity techniques over the past eight years. NYC Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor Farina recently endorsed PBE for their success in promoting social-emotional wellness and PBE is working with the NYC DOE to bring Brain Education to all 1800 schools in NYC over the next three years.

Dave has led experiential BE sessions and lectures at the United Nations Headquarters, Nike Corporate Headquarters, the University of Brain Education in South Korea and presented BE to the Congress of New Mexico.   

Dave holds his BA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his Masters in Education from PACE University (both with honors).  He is the main trainer for all Power Brain Education instructor programs.
  • Book Title: The Brain Power Classroom: 10 Essentials for Focus, Mindfulness and Emotional Wellness
  • Guest Facebook Account: www.facebook.com/powerbraineducation
  • Guest Twitter Account: @PowerBrainEdu
Brain Fitness: Improve Function & Boost Emotional Health
The more active you are physically, emotionally and cognitively, the better your brain will operate.

Stress management, physical exercise, emotional wellness training, and cognitive exercises will get your brain in tip-top shape.

You can also foster team-building, focus, mindfulness, memory, emotional wellness, creativity, character, citizenship, and confidence through brain training.

The best time to train your brain is when you need it. If you're working in a classroom environment, refocusing attention after lunch can help create a productive afternoon. High stakes testing and situations provide a great opportunity to put these techniques to work.

Why waste your brain capacity on worry and anxiety? Get connected with your body and get more control over negative thoughts.

Try this exercise. Hold both hands in loose fists in front of your chest with palms toward the sky. Extend the thumb of one hand and the pinky of the other so both digits point the same direction. Now switch. Try increasing your speed. It’s a lot like rubbing your belly and patting your head at the same time. Try smiling to break up your frustration. Exhale through your mouth to release tension. Give yourself a mantra that you can do it; your brain loves challenges or something else positive to encourage you. Adding rhythm may give you more success. Have fun.

Crossing the midline of the body helps connect the right and left hemispheres. This exercise promote cooperation between the hemispheres of your brain. Creating new connections increases neuroplasticity.

Listen in as Dave Beal, Program Director & Head National Trainer for Power Brain Education, shares how brain training can help students and adults.