Nourishing Your Mind: The Link Between Nutrition and Your Mental Health - Mental Health Seminar

January 30, 2024

The first seminar in the Spring 2024 Mental Health Seminar series, "Nourishing Your Mind: The Link Between Nutrition and Your Mental Health."

In this session, Rachel Goode, Ph.D., unraveled the connections between what we eat and how it impacts our mental well-being. Through an exploration of intuitive eating practices, attendees gained insights into fostering a healthier relationship with food that promotes overall mental wellness. Additionally, Goode shed light on the pivotal role of specific nutrients in supporting brain health. This opportunity helped deepen our understanding of the intersection of nutrition and mental well-being, and taught practical strategies to enhance both aspects of your life.

Rachel W. Goode is an assistant professor at UNC School of Social Work and an adjunct assistant professor in the Center for Eating Disorder Excellence, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Goode received her PhD, MPH, and MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include developing, implementing, and evaluating equitable and community-engaged interventions to treat obesity and eating disorders. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Eating Disorders Association, Magee Womens Research Institute, and the University Research Council at UNC-Chapel Hill. Currently, Dr. Goode is the principal investigator of an NIH Career Development Award (K23) to develop a culturally-relevant digital health tool to treat binge eating and obesity. Additionally, Dr. Goode is a licensed clinical social worker and has practice experience with the treatment of eating disorders and obesity among clients in university counseling centers and community-based mental health agencies. She has been fortunate to be the recipient of various awards, including the Oprah Civic Leadership Award, National Health, Lung, Blood Institute (NIH) Research Service Award, and the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

The seminar took place by zoom, on February 6th, from 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Mental Health Seminar series is open to students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty, and staff. The series creates a space for learning, reflecting on, and discussing mental health. This year's seminars focus on research-to-practice, giving the audience both the science behind mental health and strategies they can employ right now. The overall goal is to empower all campus community members to help influence campus mental health and well-being. Join us!

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