Many studies show that optimizing Brain Health at an early age of adulthood can prevent the onset of diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer's. There are ways we can all improve our brain health and function that have been proven by medicine and science over the years.  But many people do not want to spend time reading, getting extra sleep at night, or eating more fruits and vegetables.

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The online Health Research and Supplement Development Company Life Extension gathered information to find out what are the best states for practicing positive Brain Health activities.  They gathered data from the National Survey of Children's Health, Google Trends, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Their research found some bad news for New Jersey: residents of the Garden State are outside of the top 20 best states in Brain Health activities. That is because New Jersey is 42nd in the United States in reading literature and 35 percent of adults admit to not getting enough sleep at night.  That number is probably higher considering most Americans don't get enough sleep at night.

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The good news for New Jersey is they are the 12th best in the United States in the percentage of Adults who exercise (79.4%) and over 71% of adults who eat fruits plus vegetables daily.  Residents of the Garden State are better in those two categories than their neighbors in New York (46th in Adults who exercise) and Pennsylvania (23rd in Adults who eat fruits and vegetables daily).

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The Top Ten States for Practicing the Best Brain Health Habits are the following:

1. Vermont
2. Oregon
3. Colorado
4. District of Columbia
5. Massachusetts
6. Minnesota
7. New Hampshire
8. Maine
9. Utah
10. Washington

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