It is hot in the Algarve at the moment so on weekends everybody naturally ends up at the beach. As I was watching my son carefully pouring water, digging and building castles I wish I could see what was happening inside his brain as he was so engrossed and focused. It is well-known that children should be exposed to different sensory environments and that messy play is essential for brain development and strengthening of neuronal connections. Those who know me, know that I am a big fan of Brainology which emphasises a growth mindset, and encourages learning through explaining how the brain works and rewarding the process of learning rather than just the end result. It equips children and teenagers, in fact everybody, with confidence and a motivation to learn for life.
As the dust is settling on the release of the new Plate model for healthy eating in the US, I am wondering if that will really help individuals to make healthy choices or is a completely new approach warranted. There is no doubt that we cannot expect one model to be the answer to the obesity epidemic in terms of health education, but there must be another way, besides, we cannot blame the epidemic on people not understanding the previous pyramid right?
Would a Brainology approach to nutrition education apply? What if we could teach childen in a visual manner (using new technology) not only what is “good” or “bad” but instead how it affects the way their neurons communicate, how quickly the electric pulse travels along the axons and how much information they will retain? The brain is after all dependent on the quality of nutrition it receives, is this too radical a thought?
I hope that in 10 years time when (hopefully not) more than 60% of the world population is obese, we are not going to look back and say “people just didn´t get it” . As with everything, somebody needs to be radical and challenge the way things are taught as Prof Carol Dweck and the Brainology crowd did and people might start taking notice, I mean everybody wants their children to enjoy and thrive in school.
Good luck to those who now have the next decade to prove that this new model works, hopefully a drastic change will be made early enough if research shows that people are confused by the new plate model.
To those of us who have chosen nutrition education as our way to serve the public……. the show will go on!
For more information on the Brainology program visit www.brainology.us