Palm Healthcare Foundation Announces Inaugural Train the Brain Luncheon at Kravis Center Cohen Pavilion

West Palm Beach, Florida – Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc., Palm Beach County’s community foundation for health, has recently announced its inaugural Train the Brain Luncheon to launch the Foundation’s newest “Better Health” campaign. The event will be held on Friday, January 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kravis Center Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach.


Amishi Jha, PhD, the Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the UMindfulness Initiative, will be the special guest speaker and will discuss optimizing attention, building brain fitness, and how to protect the brain from stress and aging.


“Brain health affects every single person in Palm Beach County,” said Patrick McNamara, President and CEO of Palm Healthcare Foundation. “The more we learn about the brain, the more we understand just how dependent our health is on this amazing, complex organ. While we have learned and developed good daily habits to take care of other parts of our bodies, few of us pay attention to our brain health, let alone adopt daily brain health habits. Now is the time to put a spotlight on this important health issue.”


The presenting sponsor for the Train the Brain Campaign is the Merrell Family Foundation and the presenting luncheon sponsor is Jupiter Medical Center’s Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness.


The Train the Brain campaign is designed to help Palm Beach County residents reduce stress through brain fitness, achieve balance in their lives and show compassion to individuals with acute and persistent mental health challenges. The first annual Train the Brain Better Health Campaign will be held January 16 through February 16, 2018.


“Good brain fitness is just as important as physical fitness,” said Jill Merrell of the Merrell Family Foundation. “Improved brain fitness leads to better health overall. Our brains can’t do push-ups or run laps, but we can train our brains to minimize the harmful effects of stress and achieve balance in our lives.”


Palm Healthcare Foundation is encouraging all Palm Beach County residents to participate in the brain fitness challenge by taking a pledge and committing to making conscious changes in their thinking and habits to increase brain fitness. Throughout the campaign, participants can attend a variety of free events across the county that will teach brain fitness techniques.


A few fast facts:


  • 1 in 4 people in Palm Beach County, approximately 330,000 people, have a mental health disorder, according to the National Institute on Mental Health
  • Florida ranks 49th in funding for behavioral health among all U.S. states
  • 80% of Americans will develop a diagnosable mental illness at some point in their lives


Participants can take the pledge at and use the social media hashtag #TraintheBrainPBC to share photos of their participation in the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Cost to attend the luncheon is $150 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (561) 833-6333 or visit


About Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc.

Palm Healthcare Foundation is Palm Beach County’s community foundation for health. With the support of donors and a focus on results, the foundation builds strong community partnerships, respects diverse opinions, advocates for its most vulnerable neighbors and inspires innovative solutions to lead change for better health now and for generations to come.  Palm Healthcare Foundation has invested nearly $75 million dollars in Palm Beach County health since 2001. For more information about Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc., visit or call (561) 833-6333.