Wednesday Apr 28, 11:00 AM

140 Food and Mood: A Look Into Nutrition and Mental Health in Corrections

Data is emerging on the connection between nutrition and mental health. A 2018 Harvard study found an association between depression and diets rich in sugar, red meat, and refined grains. It is pertinent to evaluate the implications of nutrition on mental health in correctional facilities. A review of research finds that those with mental illness tend to have poorer physical health. This talk will propose ways to improve nutrition to target reduction in mental health symptoms.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the impact of nutrition on mental health both in the community and within correctional facilities
  • Analyze data from a patient satisfaction survey of nutritional options
  • Explore components of a pilot group in to consider patients’ interest and future directions for nutrition

Level: Basic

  • Alexa Moubarak, MSW, LCSW, CCTP, CMHIMP

    Mental Health Clinician

    Rutgers University Correctional Health Care

  • Kathleen Moubarak, MS

    Nutritionist

    Kathleen Moubarak Nutrition

  • Renee Walton, LCSW

    Mental Health Clinician

    Rutgers University Correctional Health Care

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