Can certain foods help reduce depression and anxiety, while improving overall mood? Join us and NBC’s Today Show nutrition and health expert Joy Bauer, RDN, to find out! In this accredited webinar, Joy speaks to psychiatric culinary-medicine specialist April Hackert, RDN, and Meghan Hockey, APD, from the Food and Mood Centre about the impact of nutrition on emotional, psychological and social well-being. April and Meghan will also share practical food-based protocols you can use while counseling patients with mental health conditions.
Professor April N. Hackert, MS, RDN, LDN, CEDRD-S is a Psychiatric Culinary Medicine Research Dietitian, Scientist, International Clinical Eating Disorder Supervisor specializing in Nutrition Neuropsychology. Through the genesis of Choose to Change Nutrition Services (1998), April showcases the healing power of food for medical and mental health conditions. This includes removing stigma and internal trauma for seeking support for mental health conditions. As a global expert in Dietetics and trained orator, April finds it a pure joy to communicate complex scientific principles into creative and relatable concepts for all audiences. Her research examines dietary components and subjective behavioral food patterns of humans with symptoms of anxiety.
Meghan Hockey is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and PhD candidate with The Food & Mood Centre. She has expertise in working with people with common and complex mental disorders and is passionate about supporting people to make healthier lifestyle choices to improve their mental health. Her research interests include the role of diet in mental health, with the focus of her PhD on the association between dairy intake and depression. Meghan has worked across several diet interventions for depression, has authored more than ten publications in the field of Nutritional Psychiatry, and has received multiple awards for her research at national and international conferences. She also regularly presents on the role of diet in mental health at schools and community events.
Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, CDN, one of America’s leading health authorities, is the nutrition and healthy lifestyle expert for NBC’s TODAY show. She also hosts her own Amazon Live weekly show, Health, Happiness, Joy, where she cooks up mouthwatering recipes, answers viewers’ questions in real-time, and shares her favorite products and kitchen hacks. In addition, Joy is the official nutritionist for the New York City Ballet, the creator of JoyBauer.com, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author with 14 bestsellers to her credit.
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