QUIZ: How Well Are You Caring For Your Brain?

Take the quiz and total your score to see how well you are caring for your brain.  (Points are in parenthesis.)

 

A. DIET: 20 Points Out of 60 Possible (33.3% of your total score)

1. How many servings of fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, trout, whitefish or herring) do you eat in a typical week?

A) 4 or more servings (7)

B) 2 or 3 (5)

C) 1 (2)

D) None (0)

 

2. How many times do you consume foods, beverages or supplements fortified with DHA omega-3 in a typical week?

A) 7 or more times (7)

B) 3–6 times (5)

C) 1–2 times (2)

D) Not at all (0)

 

3. How many servings of colorful fruits and vegetables do you eat in a typical day? (Potatoes and iceberg lettuce do not count.)

A) 9 or more servings (6)

B) 5–8 servings (4)

C) 2–4 servings (2)

D) 1 or less (0)

 

B. PHYSICAL: 14 Points Out of 60 Possible (23.3% of your total score)

4. Which of the following conditions do you currently have? Select all that apply.

A) High blood pressure (0)

B) High cholesterol (0)

C) Both (-4)

C) Neither (-1)

 

5. In a typical week, how many hours do you exercise?

A) 5 or more hours (4)

B) 3–4 hours (3)

C) 1–2 hours (1)

D) Not at all (0)

 

6. Do you currently smoke?

A) Yes (0)

B) No (4)

 

7. What is your BMI?

How tall are you? Feet: _____, Inches: _____ How much do you weigh? Pounds: _____

Calculate BMI: Multiply your weight by 705. Divide that number by your height in inches. Divide that number by your height in inches again. That amount equals your current body mass index, or BMI.

A) < 25 (6)

B) 25–29.9 (1)

C) >30 (-2)

 

C. MENTAL: 14 Points Out of 60 Possible (23.3% of your total score)

8. How happy would you say you currently are?

A) Very happy (3)

B) Pretty happy (2)

C) Not too happy (1)

D) I’m sad (0)

 

9. Have any of your blood relatives had Alzheimer’s disease/dementia?

A) Yes (0)

B) No (2)

 

10. How many minutes do you spend playing games or learning a new skill in a typical day? (Examples: playing board games/Scrabble/cards, playing computer games, doing jigsaw or crossword puzzles, learning a new language)

A) 31 or more minutes (5)

B) 11–30 minutes (4)

C) 1–10 minutes (2)

D) Not at all (0)

 

11. How many minutes do you spend reading for personal interest in a typical day? (Examples: reading a magazine/book/newspaper)

A) 46 or more minutes (4)

B) 16–45 minutes (3)

C) 5–15 minutes (2)

D) Not at all (0)

 

D. SOCIAL: 12 Points Out of 60 Possible (20% of your total score)

 

12. How many hours do you volunteer or help out a friend in a typical month?

A) 6 or more hours (3)

B) 3–5 hours (2)

C) 1–2 hours (1)

D) Not at all (0)

 

13. How often do you get the social and emotional support you need?

A) Always (9)

B) Usually (7)

C) Sometimes (5)

D) Rarely (2)

E) Never (0)

 

Tally Your Score:

Points                   What This Means

 

31–60                    You have a sexy mind. You embody the four dimensions of brain health. You know what it takes to keep your mind in tip-top shape. Don’t slow down. Keep up the good work. If your score is closer to 31 than to 60, note where you need improvement and get on with it!

 

11–30                    You are a sexy mind apprentice. You are obviously conscientious about good health. Learn what you can do to take it to the next level, which is sure to up your sexy quotient.

 

0–10                       You are a sexy mind beginner. There’s a lot you need to do ASAP to improve the overall health of your brain. Aim to increase your score by 10 points in the next month. Then keep going from there.

 

 

*Excerpted with permission from: The life’s DHA Brain Health Quiz, a part of the Beautiful Minds Campaign

(www.beautiful-minds.com), a partnership between Martek Biosciences and the National Center for Creative

Aging to help raise awareness of the actions people can take to better maintain brain health. 


 

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