Brain Awareness Week

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Loma Linda Academy

Organized by:
Loma Linda Academy

Participating Organizations:
Loma Linda University Health Department of NeurologyLoma Linda University Center for Spiritual Life and WholenessPacific Union CollegeSouthern Adventist UniversityLa Sierra UniversityDigital Production InkSoutheastern California Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

30

Year:

2016

Type of Events Held:

  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • School Program
  • Other: Exercise Activities
  • Other: snacks

Target Audiences:

  • High School students(9-12)
  • Other: K-12 parents

Approximate Number of People Reached:

1000

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

- Our tagline for the week was Healthy Brains for Life with a focus on sleep, nutrition and exercise. - Our assembly speakers came from Loma Linda University's Schools of Public Health, Neurology, and Nutrition. -We began school at 8:45am for the entire week and faculty served students breakfast before school on two mornings. - Our PTA provided simple, healthy mid-morning snacks each day. - We held our yearly Brain Bowl during the week. - Art classes created "Brain Awareness" sidewalk art - To help reduce stress, we provided a dedicated prayer/meditation room available for students all week. - Exercise opportunities (basketball, badminton, yoga, etc.) were held before school, during the morning break and during lunch. Local physical therapists also led out in strengthening activities. - After school activities included the yearly faculty/student basketball game, a family cooking class led by our culinary arts class, a family dinner night and a brain development lecture for parents. - Students earned raffle tickets by participating in the various activities through the week. This entered them into a drawing at the end of the week for exciting prizes donated by our generous sponsors. These prizes included water bottles, GoPros, FitBits, swim passes, and gift cards to sports stores and healthy restaurants.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Mailings
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website
  • Social Media

Other Publicity Methods:

We announced daily events on our school's digital marquee

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

We were advertising to our own students and parents, so posters, texts and emails worked the best. Our Instagram and Facebook posts were also very successful.

Resources

Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research
  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • More Mindbogglers!
  • Staying Sharp Bookmark
  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook
  • BAW Buttons
  • Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

Our school community (students, parents and teachers) responded very positively to the brain week events. In post-brain week surveys, students said they learned more about brain health and healthy habits. It helped them become more aware of how their lifestyle choices can effect their long-term brain health. They were especially excited about the late start, the breakfasts and the snacks. Most importantly, there was a feeling of joy and happiness on campus for the week.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

We did a lot during the week, but it probably could have been successful with fewer activities.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

The links and reminders were helpful.

Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

www.facebook.com/LLAHSBAW

Contact Name:

Sarah Henderson

Contact Phone:

909-796-0161

Contact Email:

shenderson@lla.org

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