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January 6, 2010
Healthy eating resolutions can improve your mood
SMHC gives you tips for making positive changes in your diet this year
NutritionAccording to The Boston Globe, researchers are getting closer to understanding the relationship between food and our moods. Recently, researchers found that people who ate less fat and more carbs reported feeling less depressed and anxious than before they made changes to their diet. The study claims that by eating more carbohydrates, our brains produce more serotonin, a chemical in our brain that has been found to improve our mood.
Other studies have found the following links between specific nutrients and mental health:
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (fish) deficiencies have been linked to depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia, and memory problems
  • Folic acid (spinach) may help to prevent depression and learning / memory problems
In our latest Parenting Matters article, Shawn Owens, RN, BSN, SMHC's VP of nursing, gives you tips for improving your diet for your physical and mental health. She gives you nutrition and exercise tips to help you make a commitment to make just one change a week. The article also features links to additional resources to help you and your family live a healthier lifestyle this year.
Register to attend our upcoming community presentation on Understanding the Introverted Child on Friday, January 15, 1 - 3 p.m. at SMHC's Dining Hall

Learn how to assess the introverted child and how to better understand as well as appreciate the advantages an introverted child might have to offer. Participants will be provided with the tips and tools they need to help nurture the introverted child. 

The program qualifies for 2 hours of CEU credit (LPC, LMSW, RN and PhD) and also qualifies for LCDC credit. Space is limited, so please RSVP


Nationwide InsuranceThank you Nationwide Insurance for making our holiday wish list come true!

Nationwide Insurance wants kids at SMHC to have a little fun and just be kids throughout the year. They generously donated a Moon Bounce, Polar Pete Sno-Kone Machine, and Playstation 3 to our Therapeutic Recreation department. Nationwide even made sure that each child had a gift to open Christmas morning. We can't wait for the weather to warm up for a hospital-wide snow cone social event!

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