life'sDHA honors older Americans who are maintaining brain health

life'sDHA and the National Center for Creative Aging partnered for the second year for Beautiful Minds, a national health education campaign designed to empower Americans to develop and maintain healthy brains through diet, physical health, mental health and social well-being.

life'sDHA, in partnership with the National Center for Creative Aging, named the 2011 Beautiful Minds. The inspiring stories from the The Beautiful Minds: Finding Your Lifelong Potential competition are featured on and are also included in a photo essay exhibit that will travel the country through 2012. Be inspired by these adults, ages 59-91, who have stories of accomplishment, creativity and reinvention in the second half of their life.

life'sDHAand the National Center for Creative Aging invited adults 55 and older to submit an essay or video describing what they are doing to keep their minds beautiful. Americans were then invited to view the semifinalists' entries and vote for their favorites. In all, 11 individuals were selected as the most beautiful minds in America, with one individual named the "People's Choice" from the voting process. Each winner received $500 to donate to the charity of his or her choice.

2011 People's Choice Winner

Americans selected Sue Kelley, 72, of Olmsted Township, Ohio as the 2011 People's Choice. Sue is a shining example of someone who incorporates simple daily actions known as the four dimensions of brain health into her daily life — diet and nutrition, physical health, mental health and social well-being.

In addition to being named the People's Choice winner, Sue's home state of Ohio is ranked among the top one-third brain-healthiest states in the nation, according to the 2011 America's Brain Health Index.

Meet Sue Kelly or see all 2011 Beautiful Minds.


About life'sDHA™

life'sDHA™, a DSM Nutritional Products brand, is a sustainable and vegetarian source of algal DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) omega-3 important for brain, heart and eye health throughout life. Fish are often incorrectly thought to be the only source of DHA omega-3. However, life'sDHA offers a trusted, vegetarian form of algal DHA that contains no oceanic pollutants or toxins. Fish are sources of DHA because of the DHA-rich microalgae in their food chain; life'sDHA is derived directly from microalgae, a renewable, sustainable source of DHA that does not deplete ocean resources, and is produced entirely in the U.S. in an FDA-inspected facility. Today,life'sDHA is found in numerous foods, beverages and supplements for people of all ages. For a complete list of products containing life'sDHA, visit

About the National Center for Creative Aging  

The National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to promoting creative expression as vital to healthy aging through education, research, advocacy, and technical assistance in health and wellness, lifelong learning and community. Based in Washington, D.C., NCCA is a nonprofit organization with 3,000 members and is affiliated with The George Washington University.

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