Get active: Take the Summer Challenge

summer_challengeOntarians are being urged to take the #SummerChallenge and get out and get active this summer.

Engaging in a healthy lifestyle can help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, according to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.

The Alzheimer Society has come up with four simple steps that can help you keep your brain active and healthy:

Eat healthy – Challenge yourself with a new recipe. Fruits and vegetables are in season and delicious this time of year. Pick up some healthy greens at the local grocery store, farmers market or even a local farm and enjoy the experience of trying something new.

Be active – This can be as simple as going for a stroll in the evening around the neighbourhood, or look into exploring some of the beautiful Ontario parks and trails, and enjoy the scenery while exercising the body and mind.

Get social – Take advantage of the beautiful weather to meet up with friends and family, be it a family picnic or a barbecue with neighbours. Or, look at what is going on at your local community centre. There are often free classes that are engaging and fun.

Exercise your brain – Have a long list of books you’d like to read? Jog your brain with some summer reading. Take advantage of the summer weather and go to a park, sit under a tree and read your favourite book.

It’s never too early or too late to start being brain healthy. So take the #SummerChallenge and help reduce the risk of dementia.

For more information, visit www.alzheimer.ca.