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The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is pleased to announce the expansion of Our BEST Space in University Place, Washington. While BEST remains in the same building as before, we have relocated to the ground floor in suite 1H. This facility continues to offer a safe, comfortable and fun environment for brain injury survivors and their families; however, our new expanded space boasts ample meeting, activity and event spaces along with increased accessibility.
BEST Director and Support Group Coach Jeff Hartson loves the fresh vision and mission of the Space.
“This gives us an opportunity to do the things we already do better and more comfortably. It also gives us greater visibility in the community as a resource and a good place to learn new things, meet with friends, and grow. We can do Moving On easier, have support group meetings even while other things are happening. It’s a good move for us.”
Diane Rasch, BEST Gratitude Specialist appreciates the new space for special events and activities.
“To me, it allows us more space so we can do special things like we did with the Valentine Gratitude Party. It was so much fun to have people doing different activities in different areas and not feel crowded,”says Rasch.
Please stop by for an activity or just to visit. We’d love to have you come by and take a tour! Please click here to see our activity calendar and hours.
Our address is 2607 Bridgeport Way W., Suite 1H, University Place, Washington, 98466. For directions, click here.
BEST also cordially invites you to join us for one of our activities at Our BEST Space. Here’s a menu of our current offerings:
Soup Group: Healthy food, snacks and nutrition information and discussion are at the heart of this activity. Dine, learn and and enjoy the company of others. All food and materials are included and there is no charge to attend.
Creative Crafts Class: Join Diane for an exploration of your creative talents. Each month is a new craft idea. From Birthday cards to Valentine gifts, magnificent magnets to surprising superhero items, we do it all. All materials are included and there is no charge to attend.
Games: Enjoy a variety of fun games in a casual, friendly environment with a great group of folks. All materials included and there’s no charge to attend.
Wii Bowl: Do you love the sound of pins crashing when you roll a strike, but being at at a bowling alley is overwhelming? Then join us for fun on our Wii bowling lane. Enjoy bowling your BEST with friends in a low sensory space. There is no charge to attend.
For dates and times for these activities, please click here to see the activity calendar.
Now, get ready for a special sneak preview!
Our BEST Space will be the site of our one-of-kind Superhero Shop to meet all of your superhero needs! Even better: all sales benefit the superheroes participating in the programs of BEST. Stay tuned for information on our shop’s grand opening!
2018 is a special year for BEST. We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary of building superheroes! Help us celebrate all year long at Our BEST Space, the upcoming Superhero Shop and here online. All are welcome!
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Here at the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), we’ll be channeling our middle name, ENERGY, all month long.
This year, Brain Injury Awareness Month is extra special. BEST celebrates our 10th year of building empowered superheroes! So extra energy is in the air in this amazing month of sharing, caring and support.
Here’s exactly what we are getting energized about:
- Finding our superpowers and using them for good for ourselves and others.
- Putting the power in empowerment.
- Engaging in important conversations with fellow superheroes and community members.
- Sharing super self-care and health information to keep our superheroes safe, positive and healthy.
- Hosting fun and informative March activities at Our BEST Space in University Place, Washington and in the online virtual world of Second Life.
Join BEST on this blog, our website, and BEST social media to learn more, join the conversation, and get involved. Together, we can energize one another, share awareness with others and make a difference in the brain injury community and beyond. All are welcome!
Here’s a list of just some of the key elements of why people use social media:
- To keep in touch with family and friends.
- To connect with others.
- To have conversations.
- To find information and resources.
- To promote businesses, products and services (if applicable to them).
Needless to say, social media is important and is deeply ingrained in our community and cultural landscapes.
For those of us in the brain injury community, whether we’re survivors or caregivers, social media can serve an even more vital purpose. Not only can it serve us well in the six items noted above, it can be a terrific and helpful way to connect to other brain injury community members across the world. For some of us, social media offers hope, community, and even a lifeline.
So, social media is pretty perfect, yes?
Unfortunately, no. In fact, it’s far from it.
While social media can bring out the best in people, it can also bring out the worst.
Arguments. Ugly and/or uncomfortable posts and tweets. Negativity.
So, what does a social media user do to balance the good and the not-so-good things that come with social media use?
We’ve broken down some helpful tips and strategies to help you manage social media successfully, safely and positively. We have even provided personal tips from a social media expert at the end of this article.
Let’s get started.
But did you know that healthy foods also help our brains thrive, too!
And it’s not just any healthy foods. Our brains love particular healthy foods.
So, why is this?
Certain foods feed our brain the essentials to keep it protected, healthful and functioning at its best. And having the healthiest brain possible is important for everyone.
Below are some of the top foods that are good for your brain:
So, now that we know some of the top brain super-powered foods for our brains, how can you prepare and enjoy these foods?
Well, the good news is that recipes needn’t be complex and fancy to do a brain good.
We found a terrific website, bebrainfit.com, that features not one, not two, but 50 (that’s right 5-0) recipes that feature the brain healthy foods above and so many more to boot! The recipes are broken down by meal and category to make it easy to search for great healthy food that makes your brain happy and healthy!
Check it out by clicking, here.
Have a favorite brain food you like to eat (or in some cases, drink)? Do you have a recipe using any of the foods above that you love? Tell us all about it here!