Name of your initiative:
Brain orienteering in Finland
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Website title and address: http://www.jamsanmuistiyhdistys.fi/
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Jämsän Muistiyhdistys ry
Please specify in which regions/provinces: SUOMI / FINLAND
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Finland`s National Memory Program started in 2012. One of the focus areas of this program is brain health. As a part of this program we are running a four years development project (2012-2015) focusing on brain health in young and working age population.
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We have been developing a new type of brain health related preventive activity. We call it the Brain orienteering. Design principles of this activity are: it is for all ages/from children to granmothers; it is inexpensive/small budget activity; it has focus on brain stimulating/it improves and activates; it makes you stop and think about brain health.
We wanted to get out of meeting rooms and classrooms and focus on activities that happen in nature – so in the woods we went! Orienteering is sports requiring navigational skills using a map to navigate from to point in unfamiliar terrain. We decided to built on that metaphor and design a Brain orienteering track with ten control points. For these control points we designed question patterns covering such topics as how brain work, learning and memory, sleep, coping at work & school. We think we were able to put together an informative, fun and relaxing opportunity to stop, learn and think issues related to brain health. You can change the level of difficulty of the questions according to the group. If the group includes with reduced mobility you design the track accordingly.
The Brain orienteering has been successful. We have tested brain orienteering in schools and summer camps. Last summer we arranged a brain orienteerin track as a part of a major international orienteering competition Jukola 2013 where was 16,000 people.
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Type of initiative: Public-private-partnership
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The economic environment or setting of the initiative: Rich
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We wanted to get out of meeting rooms and classrooms and focus on activities that happen in nature – so in the woods we went! Orienteering is sports requiring navigational skills using a map to navigate from to point in unfamiliar terrain. We decided to built on that metaphor and design a Brain orienteering track with ten control points.