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Hawaii Conference on Brain Based Approach to Education and Lifestyle this Weekend


Honolulu, Hawaii (PRWEB) April 30, 2015

Body & Brain Centers of Hawaii will host a Brain Education Conference Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Presented in conjunction with International Brain Education Association (IBREA) and Power Brain Education (PBE) the event is offered as they “envision a world where each individual reaches their full potential through greater understanding and proper use of their brain.” The conference is from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m., (with additional Expo time before and after the conference).

Ulalia Woodside will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the conference which will feature Keynote Speaker, David Beal, Program Director and Head National Trainer for Power Brain Education, who will speak on Brain Education and facilitate the Brain Education experience.

Guest Speakers, Isabel Pastor, Program Manager at IBREA, will share Brain Education successes and results from around the world, and Dr. James R. Westphal, M.D, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry with the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Psychiatry Chief of the Adult Mental Health Division, Department of Health, State of Hawaii will offer insight.

The event’s brain-based forum will offer a first-hand experience of Brain Education activities and exercises, as taught by creator and founder, Ilchi Lee and encourages attendees to change the way they see their lives. With a goal of increasing connections between school and community, the conference will demonstrate the connection between Brain Education and the five pillars of a Sustainable Society, namely; Schools, Family and Character Building, Mental Health, Workplace Wellness/Health, and Nutrition. Simple and effective actions for mindful living and creating a sustainable society will be shared throughout the event.

IBREA has begun fundraising to assist Hawaii communities in locating a school for the Brain Education pilot project. In conjunction with Body & Brain Centers of Hawaii, the BE program has been implemented in after school classes and summer programs in elementary through middle schools for both public and private institutions in Hawaii. Brain Education Program Director, Dave Beal explains, “We teach a combination of mind-body physical activity, mindfulness training and neuroplasticity exercises designed to help teachers improve student focus, creativity, confidence and emotional wellness.”

The Brain Education Conference will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 12:30-4pm at the Hawai’i Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815. Tickets are $ 20 and each includes one free guest attendance.

For people interested in an in depth experience of Brain Education, a special Brain Education Workshop will be held on Sunday May 3rd, 2015, 9am – 5pm at the Honolulu Body & Brain Center, 401 Kamakee Street #317 HNL HI 96814. The cost is $ 195 per person with a group discount for two or more attendees($ 150 per person).

For more information please visit http://www.hawaiibraineducation.com or contact Nobuko Todd at 808-842-5172 or honolulu(at)bodynbrain(dot)com.

About Conference Sponsors:

A leader in health and wellness, Body & Brain Yoga & Health Centers, Inc. offers classes and programs, including yoga and tai chi, based on mind-body practices originating in Korea. These classes and programs incorporate the holistic system known as Brain Education, teaching simple yet powerful tools to maximize the body’s natural healing capacity and help individuals and communities develop healthier lifestyles.

The International Brain Education Association, IBREA, is a 501(c)3 organization associated with the United Nations DPI, whose mission is to educate individuals, communities, and nations to realize the potential of the human brain to bring health, happiness, and peace is being realized in places like El Salvador, Liberia and the Philippines.

Founded in 2006, Power Brain Education offers a comprehensive, hands-on approach to helping individuals manifest their optimal human potential by integrating the physical, emotional, social and cognitive aspects of the self through effective management and use of the brain. Power Brain Education has trained more than 10,000 teachers and 30,000 students in over 350 schools nationwide.







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Weekend Warriors: Watch Your Back


West Orange, NJ (PRWEB) March 25, 2015

Spring’s imminent arrival – despite frigid temperatures over much of the United States – undoubtedly has many “weekend warriors” itching to return to outdoor exercise and activities. But weekend warriors – who take part in strenuous bursts of activity only on weekends or certain times of the year – need to be especially cautious of how an abrupt return to vigorous movement can injure their spine, according to Pain Management Specialist Brian Bannister, MD, with Atlantic Spine Center.

Despite minimal activity during the week, weekend warriors often plunge into recreational sports at week’s end, sometimes with perilous results. A 2014 study in the Canadian Journal of Surgery (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4035407/) found that significantly more weekend warriors sustained injuries than everyday athletes during mishaps while hiking or rock-climbing (15.4% of accidents), skateboarding or rollerblading (12.3%), hockey/ice skating (10.3%) and water-related (7.7%) activities. About 35% of the 351 patients analyzed in the research sustained a spinal injury, and more than 8% required spinal surgery.

“Overall, a weekend warrior’s commitment to demanding exercise is a good thing, health-wise,” says Dr. Bannister. “But it can also place their backs, in particular, at risk since their bodies are no longer as flexible or quick to recover as when they were younger.”

Common spine injuries for weekend warriors

What types of back injuries are prevalent among weekend warriors? Depending on how they get hurt, these injuries can run the gamut from mild to severe, Dr. Bannister says, including:


Muscle strain or sprain: This type of soft tissue damage – whether to muscles, tendons or ligaments – often occurs in the lower spine, known as the lumbar region. Muscle spasms may accompany pain and can be severe, but most strains and sprains just need time and rest to heal.
Disc herniation: Athletes engaging in activities requiring a lot of spine flexing and rotating – such as weight lifting, collision sports and bowling – have a higher chance of disc herniation, in which the soft center of a vertebral disc pushes through the disc’s outer shell. Pain can be intense and the condition may require surgery.
Spondylolistheses: When one bone in the back slides forward over the bone beneath it, that’s called spondylolistheses. Some sports, such as weight lifting and gymnastics, confer a higher risk of this problem by causing stress fractures in vertebrae. Pain relievers, physical therapy or surgery may be used to treat spondylolistheses.
Minor or major fracture: Major spinal fractures are uncommon except in high-speed collision sports such as skiing or motocross and typically require surgery. But small fractures, which can happen during a variety of activities, are usually managed with “conservative” measures such as rest, physical therapy and pain medication.

Tips for back injury prevention

What’s the best way for weekend warriors to prevent back injuries? “That’s easy,” Dr. Bannister says. “Stop exercising only on the weekend! Moderate-to-vigorous physical exercise should be something we take part in at least several times per week, spread throughout the week.”

But for those committed to their weekend warrior ways, Dr. Bannister offers these tips to help prevent spine injury:

Start slowly: Stretch and walk for 7 to 10 minutes to allow muscles and joints to warm up. Hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds, and be sure to stretch the opposing muscle group on the other side of your body.
Ramp up gradually: Increase the time or intensity of workouts, but not both at the same time.
Mix it up: Try cross-training, which involves participating in more than one type of sport or activity. Research suggests this approach results in fewer injuries than doing only one specific activity.
Listen to your body: If you feel pain or soreness, stop what you’re doing and take a rest. If the discomfort doesn’t gradually improve – or gets worse – see your doctor.
Remember the right gear: Depending on the sport, you may need a helmet, wrist pads or knee pads. Well-fitting athletic shoes that provide sufficient shock absorption are a must.

“Here’s what I propose to weekend warriors: Make physical activity an every-other-day habit instead,” says Dr. Bannister. “Not only will short workouts during the week help you enjoy your weekend workouts even more, but your back will thank you.”

Atlantic Spine Center is a nationally recognized leader for endoscopic spine surgery with three locations in New Jersey in West Orange, Edison and Union. http://www.atlanticspinecenter.com

Brian Bannister, M.D., is an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist. He works with both surgical and chronic care patients, performing evaluations of new patients and implementing follow-up care and continued therapy for patients with acute or chronic pain using effective interventional pain therapy and procedures.







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Edgelink is a Returning Gold Sponsor of Portland Startup Weekend 2014


Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) October 31, 2014

Edgelink is pleased to announce that we will be a returning gold sponsor for Portland Startup Weekend, taking place November 14 – 16, 2014. PSU Business Accelerator, Oregon’s leading technology incubator and the home to more than 30 promising technology and science startups, will host the event.

Portland Startup Weekend seeks to provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to pitch ideas to gain funding and teammates to transform their concept into a reality. Participants get 60 seconds to pitch an idea on Friday night and if they are chosen to continue in the competition, they will have a working prototype in order by Sunday night, 54 hours later. Investors and sponsors contribute ideas, hosting, tools and plenty of feedback throughout the process. PSU Business Accelerator is an ideal location, providing office and lab space plus a menu of services designed with the fast-growing startup’s needs in mind. This highly energetic and innovative event seeks to launch teams and startups in one weekend.

“Startups are near and dear to our hearts at Edgelink. Portland Startup Weekend provides excellent networking opportunities for people looking to turn their ideas a reality and a business that can grow and prosper. We are so pumped to be part of the action and hear the great ideas people bring to the table,” said Mike Miadich, founder and VP of Contract Services at Edgelink.

Startup Weekends are held throughout the world to provide inspiration and support to aspiring entrepreneurs. The events help businesses determine if their ideas are viable and how they can be brought to market. For more information on Portland Startup Weekend, please visit http://www.up.co/communities/usa/portland/startup-weekend/about.

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