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There are many things that can be done to help our brains stay healthy and functioning. A good healthy diet following Canada's Food Guide is a great place to start. A diet high in fruits, vegetables, low in fat and starches helps keep our heart functioning at full capacity in order for our circulatory system to provide much needed oxygen to our brains. Exercise is also recommended with at least 30 minutes a day of brisk walking. This can be done in 10 minute intervals throughout the day. Another brain healthy activity is being socially active. Join a club, volunteer, go out with friends, go to the local community centre or older adult centre to take part in activities every day. If you are not able to go out brain 'games' are another way of keeping your brain active: crosswords, puzzles, word searches, reviewing your basic math and language skills, learn a new language or practice an old one. Anything that keeps us engaged in life and stimulated every day is a great way to stay health and age well!

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