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BRAIN BOOSTERS

Have you been getting outside to thoroughly enjoy our absolutely gorgeous, spectacular, fabulous fall weather? If you have a child or grandchild, these beautiful fall days are providing the perfect opportunity and "excuse" to get outside to play. Walking, hiking, and other forms of physical activity and play are invigorating. Besides helping develop muscles, balance, and coordination, these physical activities also promote brain development in young children.

Another way to promote brain development in young children is for adults and older children read to them. Make it a goal for your young child (infant, toddler, preschooler) to be on the listening end of good children's literature for at least 10-20 minutes a day. The Children's Reading Foundation has calculated the economic value of reading to your child , stating, "For every year you read with your child, average lifetime earnings increase by $50,000. You make a $250,000 gift to your child by reading aloud just 20 minutes a day!." (http://readingfoundation.org/the-solution/for-parents/)

Water is a brain booster, too. While dehydration can cause headaches, being well hydrated by drinking water activates and energizes the brain. Eating nutrient-rich foods such as leafy green vegetables, fish, lean meats, nuts, fresh fruit, and dairy products promotes healthy brain development and cognitive functioning, too.

This week marked the one year anniversary of beginning my service to the people of Sargent county. It's been a wonderful year! I've enjoyed getting to meet and work with many Sargent county residents, and I am looking forward to doing more of the same. Please give me a call if you or your friends, family, co-workers or employees have a topic you would like to learn more about through a presentation, lesson, program, activity or workshop. NDSU Extension has a lot to offer, and I am here to serve you!

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