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Information For Teachers/Education Professionals

Not even doctors are routinely taught about nutrition. So what chance does the average person have of understanding what all those lists of vitamins, calories and numbers mean? And how are people supposed to navigate the seemingly conflicting debates about fat/low fat, sugar, cholesterol and the pros and cons of various diets?

One of the chief aims of our website is to plug the gap in publically available knowledge on the subject of nutrition and mental health. We feature news stories and research that you are unlikely to stumble upon beyond the specialist press.

Our site also includes a wealth of literature and resource links, while Associate Members are able to access exclusive video presentations from some of the leading researchers in the field.

The School Food Plan

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An agreed plan that has the support of the Secretary of State for Education and of the diverse organisations who are going to support head teachers to improve food in their schools.

Find out more and download your copy here.

It’s not exactly breaking news that alcohol consumption can have negative impacts on health. Recent research, however, is shedding further light on just how bad it can be. For example, a father’s alcohol intake pre-conception can affect his child’s health; underage drinking can lead to neurocognitive and neuropsychological damage; and disrupted sleep patterns can be an outward sign of adolescent alcohol problems.

Best to avoid it altogether, it seems – and this is especially true for women during pregnancy. There are no safe alcohol limits, it seems.

Elsewhere in the news, there are new omega-3 related recommendations for pregnant women trying to prevent childhood asthma. Gone are the days – hopefully – when seafood was seen as a hazardous food for expectant mothers. A new study suggests that the benefits of fish consumption, i.e. the essentiality of omega-3 in pregnancy, outweigh fears about mercury in seafood.

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