Is your state nourishing your brain? Do you feel that your home is appropriately tending to your neurons, allowing them to flourish and grow? Sometimes my brain feels foggy at the end of the day, can I blame Washington, D.C. for that?
America’s Brain Health Index, released Monday, looks at four factors that contribute to brain health—diet, social well-being, physical health, and mental health—and compares each state (plus the District of Columbia) to the national average. The interactive map above shows whether each state is above, below, or just average overall, and you can click to see how your state stacks up in each of the four categories.
The index, part of a national health campaign called Beautiful Minds, was created by DSM Nutritional Products (a company which supplies vitamins and other food additives to various industries) along with Cleveland Clinic chief wellness officer and friend-of-Dr. Oz Dr. Michael Roizen, and Dr. Majid Fotuhi, the founder of NeurExpand Brain Center.