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A Nutritional Component to Mental Healthcare by 2030

There is a crucial need to deliver better education to the public and clinicians about the role of diets and nutrients in sustaining mental health (Huang 2019). CNP is the developer of the first university-based, accredited curriculum in Nutritional Psychology. The Certificate in Nutritional Psychology began in 2008 and evolved over a 12 year period to include a 7-course program dedicated to providing mental health professionals, educators, dietitians, health coaches, and counselors with formal curriculum in Nutritional Psychology. This long-standing program is currently being updated to account for the vastly increasing information in the field, and will be available through CNP or a partnering university in 2021.

The process of receiving or giving systematic instruction

The science or study that deals with food and nourishment

The science of mind and behavior

Diet Mental Health Relationship

Connecting what we eat with how we feel


Examining the role that family, culture, community, society, and socioeconomic status play in determining our dietary intake patterns


Examining the relationship between our dietary intake patterns and our feelings, moods, and emotions


The relationship between our dietary intake patterns and resulting thoughts, emotions, and interoceptive experiences that influence our behaviors, reactions, and choices (e.g., increased reactive behavior or changed dietary behavior patterns)


Developing awareness of the physical and mental sensations we experience (Interoception) in response to our dietary intake patterns (discomfort, pain, irritation, relaxation etc.)


Using mental processes (cognition, attention, memory and learning) to gain insight into how the food we eat is affecting our mental health



Take steps to develop your understanding of the relationship between diet and mental health. Together, we can build a new model of mental healthcare to include this important piece of the puzzle.


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