Free Brain Health seminar and workshop at Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University

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Free Brain Health seminar and workshop at Samuel Merritt University

(Oakland, CA  March 12, 2011) - Samuel Merritt University will be hosting a free Brain Health seminar and workshop that is open to the public on Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The seminar will take place on the University campus, in the Health Education Center located at 400 Hawthorne Ave. in Oakland. 

The free seminar is designed to impart and convey ways to keep one’s brain healthy through diet, exercise and stress management.  The Brain Health workshop will include guest speakers and demonstration on topics such as stress management techniques, brain injury prevention, and the impact of drugs and alcohol.

The Brain Health seminar at Samuel Merritt University has been developed by Barb Puder, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Basic Sciences, to increase public awareness about the brain and brain function in order to promote brain health and safety.

"This is fun and age appropriate way to offer adults and students a chance to learn life skills outside of the classroom," says Dr. Puder. "By increasing their awareness about the brain, students, teachers and community members may prevent unnecessary brain damage and injury and incorporate behaviors which promote brain health into their lifestyle."

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Samuel Merritt University, located in Oakland, California, has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909. Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo. The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and podiatric medicine. For more information visit

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