Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- University students
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
On the 25th of March, 2021, the university of Calabar as part of the year’s convocation ceremony organized a science fair and exhibition where all faculties came out for exhibition, providing an opportunity to showcase their research works. The department of Anatomical sciences, Faculty of Basic Medical Science was also present. Different models of different organs including the brain was on exhibition. As people (university staff and students) came around to inquire about the organs on display, we showed them the brain and educated them that all other organs seen like heart, lungs, kidney etc. are regulated by the brain. Also thinking, learning and memory are controlled by the brain. So we need an healthy brain to allow other organs function optimally. Also we informed the audience about the need to take care of the Brain by what we eat. Locally available fruits, vegetables and nuts proven to be beneficial to brain health were displayed. It was advised to avoid alcohol and junk foods as they are detrimental to brain health. Our objective was to inform the university community of the need to take care of the Brain by what one consumes and that most of our local vegetables like pumpkin leaves, spinach etc. which are inexpensive are very good for brain. This was achieved. Interestingly, most persons could identify the brain as displayed because in our local community the brain of some animals especially that of goat is consumed as a local food delicacy popularly known as “ise-ewu”.There is more to the brain than being a delicacy. Take care of the Brain by what you eat. Facilitators for the events were Theresa Isamoh, Utibe Udonwa and Okot-Asi Nku-Ekpang.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- Brain Awareness Week Logos
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
Informing the audience about how to improve brain health by consuming more of leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes. Especially to the younger audience, how much alcohol is detrimental to brain health.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
To adequately prepare for BAW and circulate the information to reach a wider audience.
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