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Food and Mood: What's the Connection?

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe how food affects one’s mood, the types of nutrients that can improve or enhance mental health, types of eating disorders, and how to incorporate mindful eating as a way of supporting positive mental health.
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“You are what you eat!” How often have most of us heard this phrase? While it may be a common saying, it remains a very true one for many good reasons. Food has the ability to affect our bodies and minds in profound ways. It can influence how we feel, think, sleep, and function every day. By choosing healthy, nutrient-dense, calorie-appropriate, organic foods and drinking adequate amounts of water, we provide ourselves with optimal opportunities to experience positive physical and mental health.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the link between food, brain function, and mood.
  • Identify the role of inflammation in physical and mental health.
  • Discuss the relationship between vitamins, herbs, and mood.
  • Explain food addictions, food cravings, the role of diet in premenstrual syndrome, and how food affects sleep.
  • Describe the relationship between food and love.
  • Explain the major eating disorders—anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
  • Explain the relationship between adequate water intake and mood.
  • Identify elements of mindful eating that enhance mental health.

There is a well-known expression, “You are what you eat,” but what does this saying really mean? While in its simplest form, food provides basic energy to the body, it is also does much, much more. The types of foods we eat determine the nutrients we absorb and these nutrients can profoundly affect how well our body and mind function. The human brain, in particular, requires a constant supply of fuel since it works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even while we are asleep. Neurons are the smallest unit (cell) of the brain and nervous system. The brain contains approximately 100 billion neurons, and every one of them depends on proper amounts of the right type of fuel to ensure optimal function.

Every day, the body’s neurons relay millions of electrical and chemical messages to the brain and back again. Neurons have two types of extensions that spread out from their cell body. At one end of their structure, neurons have dendrites that receive signals and conduct them toward the cell body. At the other end, they have axons that conduct signals away from the cell body to other cells. Human axons can vary in length from a fraction of a millimeter to three feet in length. (Giraffe axons can reach lengths of 15 feet!) At the end of the axon are axon terminals that are close to other nerve cells. Neurons do not touch each other. Instead, they are separated by tiny spaces (“synapses”), and electrical messages from the brain and body are relayed across these synapses via more than 70 neurotransmitters (such as serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and acetylcholine) that regulate every function in the body, including emotions and moods.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences


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Course Expires:

June 28, 2019

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.