To take part in Alzheimer’s Australia’s ‘Heart Your Brain’ campaign, the 42-year-old has reduced his sugar intake by cutting out cakes, alcohol and sugar from tea and coffee.
‘I wanted to change the bad habits I’d fallen into like having coffee and cake most days, drinking beers during the week, and always including sugar in my cups of tea and coffee,’ said Mr Burton, the research, consultancy and education general manager at Alzheimer’s Australia WA.
‘I have a family history of heart disease and dementia, so I figured now I’ve hit an age where lifestyle factors start to play a significant role in health outcomes, it’s timely to challenge myself in this way.
‘I’ve already lost weight simply by cutting out the cake and sugar from my hot drinks, as well as reducing my beer intake. The changes I’ve noticed have really motivated me to start exercising again.’
Alzheimer’s Australia WA chief executive Rhonda Parker said there was increasing evidence that getting involved in activities that were reasonably complex, socially active, physically active or mentally challenging could help retain and build brain cells.
To register for the challenge go to yourbrainmatters.org.au/challenge.