Food & Mood!

Use healthy food to improve your mood

 

Poor mental health is one of many factors that influence the wellbeing of local families, and right now as our community feels the impacts and continues to respond to covid-19, likelihood of increased anxiousness, stress and worry are high.

What we eat every day plays a big role in our overall health and well-being. A rapidly expanding body of research now highlights the importance of food and nutrition for our mood and mental health.

GenR8 Change encourages community members to link into a virtual lunchtime session from 12:30-1:15pm on Friday October 9th to learn more about the correlation between food and mood, and explore simple and practical tips families and individuals can use to help improve their mental health through nutrition.

Amelia McGuiness and Melissa Lane from the Food and Mood Centre at Deakin University will share their extensive knowledge, building understanding around why it is important to think about mental health, briefly discuss mechanisms through which diet influences mental health, and share practical strategies for improving mood and mental health through food and nutrition.

Ms Lane looks forward to addressing our region, “One in four people will be affected by a mental disorder some point in their lifetime, meaning even if we don’t suffer from mental illness ourselves, we all probably know someone who is” Ms Lane says. “Research conducted at the Food & Mood Centre helps to explain how and why we should consider our food as the basis of our mental and brain health throughout the lifespan”.

The virtual session happening on Friday 9th October from 12:30pm can be accessed via the following Zoom link on a smart phone, tablet or computer https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84407937142 For any queries please contact Ebony Jenkins at ebony.jenkins@wdhs.net or on 0413249377.