SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLKIT

One of the most inexpensive and effective ways to spread the word about Brain Awareness Week is through social media. Join us in calling attention to this special week by sharing brain-related events, facts, and images with your networks.

Platforms we use include Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and blogs. Below are a collection of images and sample posts you can use in addition to your own, original ones. Stay connected with us and fellow campaign participants by using the hashtags #BrainWeek and #BrainAwarenessWeek in your posts. 

Images

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Use of BAW images does not indicate any form of endorsement or approval from the Dana Foundation.

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Videos

We created a short video that explains Brain Awareness Week and encourages people to participate. The video is also available in French, Spanish, and Portuguese

                  

Additionally, the Dana Foundation YouTube channel houses hundreds of brain-themed videos, from recordings of our own events, to expert talks on more than 85 topics. These videos are easy to share directly from YouTube.

Twitter and Facebook Sample Posts

             
  • It’s Brain Awareness Week! Find answers to commonly asked questions about the brain and its disorders in this handy Q&A booklet (PDF) on.dana.org/QandA. #BrainWeek #BrainAwarenessWeek 
  • It’s Brain Awareness Week! Learn about the campaign dana.org/BAW and visit the International Calendar of Events for activities in your area dana.org/BAW/Calendar. #BrainWeek #BrainAwarenessWeek
  • Exercise your brain with these challenging puzzles and walk away with a little neuroscience knowledge too! dana.org/puzzles. #BrainWeek #BrainAwarenessWeek
  • You rely on your brain for learning, making decisions, even watching TV! But how does it work? Find out in this short fact sheet (PDF) from the Dana Foundation on.dana.org/BrainFunction. #BrainWeek #BrainAwarenessWeek
  • Looking for some brainy fun this week? Check out our global calendar of #BrainAwarenessWeek events on dana.org/BAW/Calendar. #BrainWeek 
  • The Dana Foundation supports advancing understanding about the brain and offers many resources for the public. Find them on dana.org. #BrainWeek #BrainAwarenessWeek
 

#HealthyBrainChallenge

While some of our brain health is predetermined by genetics, research increasingly suggests that there are practical things you can do now to help maintain a healthy brain. For Brain Awareness Week 2019, we’re posting a healthy tip for each day and asking you to share the steps you take to stay sharp and the photos that illustrate them.

MONDAY
stress_thumb Chronic stress has been linked to anxiety and depression, and some research suggests it can impair memory. Exercise, staying organized, and meditation are some of the ways to keep stress under control. How do you manage stress? #HealthyBrainChallenge #BrainWeek #BrainAwarenessWeek 


TUESDAY
nutrition_thmb A balanced diet based on moderate consumption of healthy fats and carbohydrates, rich in vegetables and fruits, and low in salt promotes brain health and reduces the risk of brain-disabling diseases such as stroke and diabetes. Show us your favorite brain-healthy meal! #HealthyBrainChallenge #BrainWeek #BrainAwarenessWeek 


WEDNESDAY
self_efficacy_thmb Research suggests that self-efficacy—feeling that what you do makes a difference—maintains cognitive capacities. People who believe their lives have purpose stay sharp and live longer. Volunteering for a cause important to you is one way. What gives you purpose? #HealthyBrainChallenge #BrainWeek #BrainAwarenessWeek
 

THURSDAY
sleep_thmb A good night’s sleep is important to memory consolidation and retention, while poor sleep can contribute to increased stress and the risk of depression. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep, and good sleep hygiene includes limiting screen-time before bed, setting regular bed- and wake-up times, and avoiding caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol at night. How do you prepare for sleep? #HealthyBrainChallenge #BrainWeek #BrainAwarenessWeek


FRIDAY
exercise_thmb Many experts contend that regular exercise is the single most important thing we can do to improve overall health and prevent disease.Exercise increases levels of brain chemicals that encourage the growth of neurons, which may be why aerobic activity (such as walking, biking, or swimming) seems to sharpen memory and enhance learning. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Show us how you stay active! #HealthyBrainChallenge #BrainWeek #BrainAwarenessWeek

SATURDAY
socially_engaged_thmb A strong social network that includes close relationships is linked with better overall health and longevity. Just interacting with a variety of people and their unpredictable nature is great mental exercise. Tell us how you stay social!  #HealthyBrainChallenge #BrainWeek #BrainAwarenessWeek

SUNDAY
Challenge Brain Health Brain Challenge Thmb The brain wants to learn, to be engaged and active as a learning machine. That means stepping out of old habits. By trying something fresh and different—even approaching the day’s tasks and chores in novel ways—you can activate parts of the brain. How do you challenge your brain? #HealthyBrainChallenge #BrainWeek #BrainAwarenessWeek

Please remember to use the hashtag #HealthyBrainChallenge on social media so that we can find and like your posts!

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