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Sep
28 2010

Eating well for mental health

Syndicated from: Editor's corner

In an affluent country like Canada, it's surprising that 1.1 million Canadian households experience food insecurity at some point, according to the most recent Canadian Community Health Survey. It's a concerning statistic because food security is a key determinant of health, including mental health. The Minding Our Bodies project of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, has taken on the challenge with its recently launched Eating Well for Mental Health pilot program. The program will increase the ability of the mental health sector to deliver programs that address healthy eating and food security for people with mental illness.  CMHA Ontario has partnered with YMCA Ontario, York University's Faculty of Health, the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario and the Ontario Public Health Association's Nutrition Resource Centre. These six sites have received funding to run a pilot program between September and December 2010: Keewaytinook Okimakanak (Thunder Bay) Northern Initiative for Social Action (Sudbury) Algoma Public Health: Community Mental Health Program (Elliot Lake) CMHA Peterborough Branch (Peterborough) Mood Disorders of Ontario Association (Toronto) CMHA Huron-Perth Branch (Stratford) For more information about Eating Well for Mental Health, visit http://www.mindingourbodies.ca/ and search "Eating Well for Mental Health."

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