Maryland Is Home To The Healthiest Brains In The Country, Study Says | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Maryland Is Home To The Healthiest Brains In The Country, Study Says

Play associated audio
Keeping one's brain healthy as one ages requires consideration of a number of factors.
Carlos Lorenzo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlos_lorenzo/2226549229
Keeping one's brain healthy as one ages requires consideration of a number of factors.
Click to see the interactive map of America's Brain Health Index.

Maintaining a healthy brain usually means more than just burying your nose in a book. Experts say to preserve brain power as one ages one should eat well, stay physical, challenge oneself mentally and stay socially active. And as a recent study shows, Maryland may be the best place in the country to keep your brain in tip-top shape.

Maryland was ranked No. 1 of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, boosted by high scores in a number of factors, including low rates of smoking, low incidence of Alzheimer's-related deaths, and a hearty appetite for seafood, fruits and vegetables.

The result comes as part of America's Brain Health Index, a portion of a national health campaign called Beautiful Minds. It's a joint effort between Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Majid Fotuhi of the NeurExpand Brain Center, and DSM Nutritional Products, a purveyor of vitamins and food additives like omega-3 fatty acids.

It's not the first time Maryland has gotten the nod for its brain-friendliness. The 2011 version of the study featured Maryland at the top of the list as well.

Top 10 States For Brain Health

  1. Maryland
  2. Washington
  3. Colorado
  4. Connecticut
  5. Alaska
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Vermont
  8. New York
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Georgia

D.C. fared well in its own right, coming in No. 6, with the Index's authors painting a rosy picture of District residents' consumption habits, but not necessarily their social proclivities.

"Residents can improve their brain health by taking care of their physical health, playing more mentally stimulating games and getting more involved in their community," said the Index's authors.

So while D.C. was tops in the country for both consumption of fruits and vegetables and rates of health insurance, it was near the bottom for religious/spiritual activities and social and emotional support, both of which contributed to the study's "social well-being" category.

The study utilizes data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Alzheimer's Association, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Corporation for National and Community Services Civic Life Index, among others.

NPR

'Welcome To Braggsville' Isn't Quite 'Invisible Man,' But It's Close

T. Geronimo Johnson's latest follows four Berkeley students who take an American history class that leads to disaster. It's an ambitious book about race that wants to say something big about America.
NPR

Why Shark Finning Bans Aren't Keeping Sharks Off The Plate (Yet)

Fewer shark fins are being imported into Hong Kong, the epicenter of shark-fin soup, a culinary delicacy. But while the trade in shark fins may be down, the trade in shark meat is still going strong.
NPR

Peace Corps Teams Up With First Lady To 'Let Girls Learn'

The Peace Corp will recruit and train about 650 additional volunteers to focus on girls' education around the world. The expansion is part of a larger program launched by Michelle Obama Tuesday.
NPR

FAA Is Trying To Keep Hackers Out Of Air Traffic Control, Official Says

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta tells a House panel that some vulnerabilities reported in a congressional study have been fixed, and the agency is working on others.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.