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The SHARP Solution – Simple Strategies to Boost Your Brainpower
Our brains can be our best allies or our worst enemies when it comes to our health and performance efforts. In times of plenty, the brain sees positive change as something good and energizing. However, in our fast-paced, stressed-out society most people function in a state of energy deprivation, or “survival mode”, which leads the brain to pull away from anything that might cost more energy, including incorporating new healthy behaviors.
In The SHARP Solution, participants will learn the critical components of brain health that provide a foundation for improved cognitive functioning throughout the lifespan, understand the power of mental and physical training to stimulate energy, and create an actionable plan for implementing a sustainable brain-body fitness program that can be applied to their everyday life. These simple strategies optimize energy and performance for today and create a healthier brain as we age, prolonging the development of cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
As a global speaker and consultant, Heidi Hanna has trained thousands of individuals on practical ways to incorporate nutrition, exercise, and positive psychology strategies to improve their health, productivity, and performance. Heidi is CEO and founder of SYNERGY, a consulting company that specializes in customized health and performance solutions for organizations. Heidi’s publications include the NY Times bestseller The SHARP Solution: A Brain-Based Approach for Optimal Performance (Wiley, Feb 2013), and the follow-up releaseStressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship With Stress (Wiley, Jan 2014).
From 2003 through 2011, Heidi worked as a trainer, coach, and keynote speaker for the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Florida. As an experienced speaker, Heidi has been featured at many national and global conferences, including the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women in Business Summit and the ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit. Heidi has fundraised, trained, and served as a mentor and nutritionist for several non-profit organizations, including the Leukemia Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, Livestrong Foundation, and the Challenged Athletes Foundation. She also is an advocate and volunteer speaker for the Alzheimer's Association. In 2011, Heidi became a Fellow with the American Institute of Stress, and she currently serves as editor of their quarterly publication, Contentment.
Heidi holds a bachelors degree in communications from Penn State University, where she competed on the Big 10 softball team and received academic All- American honors. She holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Rollins College and a Ph.D. degree in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health. Clients have included Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Proctor & Gamble, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, ESPN and Starbucks, as well as professional and amateur athletes. Since 2006 Heidi has partnered with Janus Capital to deliver the Energy for Performance program, which teaches financial advisors how to better manage their personal energy, particularly during periods of stress, and the BrainWorks program, based on her SHARP book series.