Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives
June 2013
ASHA InternationalIssue No.

Mother and daughter cooking  

In time I learned how to cook healthy, well-balanced, nutritious meals which greatly enhanced my marriageability in India, and more importantly, empowered me to nurture myself and my family in America. Even during my darkest battles with depression, cooking and sharing meals with my family gave me a deep sense of meaning and purpose. 


It is said that "A family that eats together stays together." I sincerely believe "A family that eats together stays healthy together." Over the years, cooking and sharing meals with my family each day has continued to be a great source of joy and well-being. 


In this newsletter, I am delighted to share articles on the healing power of nutrition. And, invite you to explore how it can nurture your mind, body and soul. As Hippocrates once said ""Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." 

Wishing you wellness, 


Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS 
Founder & President, ASHA International
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5 Benefits of Proper Nutrition
by Serena Styles, Demand Media
Healthy Eating Eating a proper, nutritious diet offers numerous health benefits that keep you mentally and physically well. Proper nutrition doesn't mean starving yourself, but instead means eating a diet balanced in lean proteins, carbs and fats. recommends getting between 45 and 65 percent of your daily calories from carbohydrates, between 10 and 35 percent of daily calories from protein and between 20 and 35 percent of daily calories from fats. Read More...


The Family That Eats Together Stays Together 


The Family that Eats Together Stays Healthy Together
by Edward Abramson, Ph. D.
Family eating together


Does it seem like your family's meals are always consumed "on the run." Sitting down for a family meal may feel like a luxury you can't afford with your family's busy schedules. Mom, dad, and kids have other commitments or their schedules just aren't in synch to allow for a relaxed family meal.

When I was a kid my dad would get home from teaching high school and we'd have to rush through dinner so that he could go to teach his evening class at a local college. While a more relaxed dinner would have been better, I'm glad we got to eat together. Research shows that families who share four or five meals together each week have kids who eat more fruits and vegetables, have healthier eating habits in general, and are at less risk for obesity  Read more...


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Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS, is not a doctor, therapist or health care professional. She is a mental health advocate and Certified Peer Specialist (CPS). The information shared in this E-mail is for general information purposes only and therefore not intended to replace the medical advice afforded by physicians or other healthcare professionals. 


In This Issue
5 Benefits of Proper Nutrition
The Family That Eats Together Stays Together
The Family That Eats Together Stays Healthy Together
Real People, Real Recovery
Hidden Pictures
Unpcoming Events
About Us
Real People, Real Recovery
Profiles of Courage, Hope & Resilience 
Victoria Maxwell 1
Victoria Maxwell
Years ago, I met Victoria at one of her presentations in Vancouver, Washington. I was absolutely struck by her courage and candor, and even more impressed with her incredible sense of humor in transforming life's trials into teachable moments. 
Creative Director of  Crazy for Life Co. and an award-winning actress and playwright with over 20 years experience, Victoria has worked alongside David Duchovny, John Travolta and Johnny Depp, among others.
Her critically acclaimed one-woman show Crazy for Life, her true-life story about accepting and living with a psychiatric disorder, tours internationally to sold-out audiences and rave reviews. Read more...

HIDDEN PICTURES: The Underexposed World of Global Mental Health
Hidden Pictures:
The Underexposed World of Global Mental Health

Artistically crafted, with unforgettable characters,
Hidden Pictures is unprecedented in it's scope. The filmmaker, my dear friend, Delaney Ruston, MD, who grew up under the shadow of her dad's mental illness, takes us on her journey to uncover personal stories in India, China, Africa, France, and the US. Moments of profound frustration and unparalleled compassion emerge. Ultimately we witness the incredible change that individuals such as actress Glenn Close are bringing about. Read more...
ASHA International is delighted to partner with Dr. Ruston in screening the film in Portland, OR later this year. If you are interested in seeing the film or facilitating a screening in your community, please email Gayathri at 



September 21, 2013:

Mental Health & Wellness Conference - Presented by PEHCHAAN - University of South Florida Public Health Auditorium - Details TBA  


October 18, 2013: 
Culture Counts: Variations in Cultural Value Systems and Its Impact on Mental Health & Wellness - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, DoubleTree Hotel (Cascade Ballroom) 1000 NE Multnomah Street Portland, Oregon 97232. Presented by Cedar Hills Hospital - Details TBA



If you are interesting in participating in any of our upcoming programs, please contact Gayathri at 

ASHA International's mission is to promote personal, organizational, and community wellness through mental health education, training, and support.
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