NUTRITIONAL PSYCHOLOGY EDUCATION

Empowering innovative education in mental healthcare

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). Here at CNP, we believe that providing education in Nutritional Psychology is crucial to building a nutritional component to mental healthcare. From 2008 to 2020, CNP hosted an online NP certification through John F. Kennedy University. Today, we have released the first course in the next-generation curriculum and certification — NP 110: Introduction to Nutritional Psychology Methods. This and each upcoming continuing education courses are designed for students, professionals, and all other individuals interested in the science behind nutrition and psychological functioning. Through education, awareness, and advocacy, we can change our mental healthcare systems for the better.

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

Psychosocial

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

Psychological

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

Behavioral

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)

Perceptual

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

Cognitive

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

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