This service is designed for schools, businesses and organisations who would like to explore how they can improve the health and wellbeing of their staff and people under their care through food and nutrition.
Our modern lifestyle has seen a gradual shift over the decades from consuming mostly home-cooked meals using fresh ingredients, to purchased meals and highly processed ingredients. Unfortunately, foods and beverages that were once considered a ‘treat’ have now become part of the daily diet for many families.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Processed foods are often high in ingredients that are inflammatory to the gut, which research shows can impact overall health, mood, behaviour and learning. This is significant for workplaces, healthcare settings and schools where food is provided to staff and students.
We need to re-think our perception of food and the influence it has on attention levels, learning outcomes, work place productivity and mental health.
If you would like to learn more now, rather than wait for several years for research to filter down to mainstream healthcare and public policy, we can help you!
WHO CAN BENEFIT?
Any organisation or business who is responsible for the care and wellbeing of others, or would like to see an improvement in staff and student achievements and productivity. The program is designed for the following, but can be tailored to your organisations needs:
- Schools and kindergartens
- Childcare and Out of school hours care
- Scouting clubs
- Sporting clubs
- Juvenile justice centers
- Aged and residential care
- Disability Support Services
- Hospitals and Rehabilitation Centres
Through our understanding of the Gut-Brain Axis, improving gut health can help with the following:
- Headaches & Migraines
- Focus & Memory
- Learning & Behavioural difficulties
- Mood disorders, Anxiety & Depression
- Food Intolerance and sensitivity
- Chronic Constipation &/or Diarrhea
Food & Mood is a program provided by Cynthia Bartolo, who is an Associate Nutritionist and Food Scientist, with additional experience and training in gut health. Cynthia also has extensive experience with mental health, neurodiversity and disability, as a mother and carer of children with additional needs. With over 15 years of experience in a variety of food industries, Cynthia can support you in 2 key areas:
- Staff Workshops & Education on current research on the Gut-Brain Axis and its impact on the mind and body; understanding food labels and health claims; food additive functions and what to avoid; inflammatory vs anti-inflammatory foods; gut bacteria and their functions etc.
- Developing an achievable plan and supporting you to implement changes that are sustainable for your organisation and budget.