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Food and Health Today Podcast: Should We Mind – Why Food Literacy Matters for Mental Health

June 5, 2020

In November 2017, Nutrition Connections, then the Nutrition Resource Centre hosted our annual forum focused on nutrition and mental health. Should We Mind – Why Nutrition Matters for Mental Health provided attendees with:

  • the latest evidence about the relationship between nutrition and mental health;
  • information and practical learnings about the programs, resources and tools currently in use by health professionals and service providers; and,
  • opportunities to discuss how we can work collaboratively to support mental health through healthy eating and nutrition.

And what an overwhelming response we had? With over 300 attendees – our largest gathering to date, we recognized that there is a need for increased knowledge sharing around nutrition and mental health.

We are pleased to revisit our 2017 forum theme with this latest podcast called Should We Mind – Why Food Literacy Matters for Mental Health. In this episode, we speak with Kelly Matheson, MSc, RD, CDE. Kelly has been working as an inpatient clinical Dietitian at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto for 5 years.

The complexity of her clients with significant mental illness has allowed her to develop a unique understanding of the role nutrition plays in mental health. Kelly helps her clients understand how physical and mental health are intertwined, and how improving physical health can improve mental health and overall well-being.

Kelly will provide us with her perspectives on mental health as it relates to her work, as well as an overview of the current research on the link between nutrition and mental health. We will dig into how she’s used food literacy programming with her patients, and the impact it has had on their well-being. Kelly will also provide us with some considerations for those delivering food literacy programming and working with people who may have mental health concerns.

Looking for more information and resources on nutrition and mental health? Check out NC’s 2017 Should We Mind Forum recordings here.

More about Kelly Matheson
Kelly completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Guelph, followed by her internship program at Hamilton Health Sciences. Kelly’s professional experience has spanned across many areas of Dietetics, including: public health, research, community homecare and Family Health Teams. Kelly is a contributing editor to the 2012 Dietitians of Canada “Promoting Mental Health through Healthy Eating and Nutritional Care” as well as a presenter at the 2015 Family Health Team Dietitian conference and the 2016 Canadian Psychiatric Association conference. Kelly also presented at our 2017 Should We Mind Forum. She contributed an online e-learning module on behalf of the “Bridging the Divide” project, an advisory committee helping to increase collaborative, cross-sectoral connections among nutrition and mental health researchers and knowledge users.

*The views expressed on the Food and Health Today Podcast do not necessarily reflect those of the Ontario Public Health Association/ Nutrition Connections (formerly the Nutrition Resource Centre).