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Better eating disorder support | Maribyrnong & Hobsons Bay

The state budget includes a $31 million investment into services and treatment for Victorians, including those in Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay who are struggling with an eating disorder.

This funding comes following the unprecedented global pandemic and the pervasive impact of social media which have both caused a significant rise in new eating disorders and relapses – a statistic that is sadly replicated worldwide.

The package includes $6.4 million to deliver 10 dedicated early intervention professionals in the communities that need them most through Area Mental Health and Wellbeing Services. These professionals will support consumers to improve the speed of recovery, reduce symptoms and the likelihood of long-term recovery.

Mental Health Minister Ingrid Stitt said every Victorian deserves to get the support they need.

“We recognise the vital impact of early intervention for Victorians facing mental health challenges, including eating disorders. This funding is crucial, helping us to deliver

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Eat more fruit, stay healthy

Nutritionists are urging Kiwis to kickstart their day with a piece of fresh fruit to help improve their health and wellbeing this autumn.

 The Ministry of Health recommends people eat five or more servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit every day. But 5+ A Day research shows only 23% of New Zealanders eat the recommended daily intake of vegetables and just 71% of us eat enough fruit.

 “Apples, pears, feijoas, mandarins and persimmons are in peak condition in autumn and packed full of vital nutrients,” explains 5+ A Day Trustee and Principal Scientist and Team Leader at Plant and Food Research, Dr Carolyn Lister.

 “RubyRed kiwifruit and limes are also in season right now, and their vibrant colours are nature’s hint that they’re packed full of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, such as antioxidants, that are the key to maintaining good health.”

 Lister says having fresh fruit at breakfast

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A Goochland group is ensuring neighbors have access to fresh, healthy food

GOOCHLAND, Va. — A key ingredient to overall health is nutrition, and on the final days of National Nutrition Month — a campaign to better educate everyone about making healthy eating decisions — a local organization helping rural neighbors is sharing their recipe to improving the lives of those living on low income.

GoochlandCares is a nonprofit free clinic providing wrap-around, holistic services through 12 different programs, including a community food bank.

Sally Graham is a nurse practitioner by profession and brings her experience from that realm to her role running GoochlandCares.

“For me personally, it’s been an opportunity to really figure out what are all the pieces that go into making somebody’s quality of life, to making somebody healthy,” Graham said. “You can’t be healthy if you’re hungry. Your children don’t do well in school if they don’t have enough to eat. So, food is foundational to a

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Maggie’s Organic Market hosts healthy eating event with a twist

LAFAYETTE, La. — Some people in the community gathered at The Acadiana Mall for healthy food and some hot rides. Charity Lewis, owner of Maggie’s Organic Market hosted the event filled with vendors promoting healthy living, and fun! Lewis told me for people facing health related issues, healthy eating could help.

“Diabetes, being over weight, a lot of those things come from us not being able to have fresh produce, or organic cuts of meat, because we are eating a lot of things from the grocery store that have cancer cells and things that aren’t good for our body,” Lewis said.

Lewis emphasized that healthy food can be expensive so Maggie’s Organic Market accepts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for those who can’t afford the costly food.

“That’s very important because for me, I have allergies and a lot of other people are like me who can’t afford to go

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App and Peer Group Built to Support Police Officer Health

Police officers and police department staff have long suffered emotionally from the horrors of the job and traditionally have kept to themselves, compounding the issue. So police departments are addressing the emotional trauma officers face to try to foster emotional health.

The Frederick, Md., Police Department is taking a more holistic approach to health with the underlying belief that resiliency is a cultural issue for everyone within the department — sworn and not sworn — and that resiliency not only means emotional health, but physical health as well.

That’s the ambition of the Resiliency and Wellness Group (RWG), a group of seven Frederick Police Department employees — half sworn, half professional staff — that works with a professional leadership coach to develop resiliency within the department.


The RGW has implemented a Peer Ambassador Program and is developing a corresponding app for all police personnel to use anonymously for resources

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Food-tracking apps pros, cons – Chicago Sun-Times

Food-tracking apps have ballooned in popularity.

One of the most popular features of nutrition-focused digital apps is the ability to record the food you eat and quickly view nutritional information. Dietary guidance and sharing of recipes can be just a few taps away. Physical activity and sleep also can be tracked to help with health and weight-loss goals.

Some things to know about food-tracking apps:

Pros

Food apps are convenient, affordable and increasingly easy to use.

“The top two strengths of these apps include accountability and awareness of eating habits,” says Caroline Susie, a Dallas registered dietitian.

Since behavioral change can be hard to implement and maintain, Susie says one useful tool to support dietary changes is having help to hold you accountable for your dietary choices.

Tracking your food also can bring a whole new level of awareness and mindfulness to how you eat.

“Using apps for

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Resources to help your kids eat healthy on a budget

Now that summer is here, kids are likely eating most meals at home.

If you’re concerned about your children eating healthy, or simply getting enough food, this is for you.

Neftali Duran is part of a national campaign through Share Our Strength calledCooking Matters” that educates families how to shop and cook healthy meals on a tight budget.

When going to the grocery store, Duran suggests making a grocery list ahead of time on your phone (so you don’t forget it). He also suggests not going to the grocery store on an empty stomach. If possible, he says leave the kids at home so they aren’t asking for extra items.

For the healthiest food options, you’ll want to shop around the perimeter of the store. That’s where you’ll find fruits, veggies, milk, meat and eggs.

Make sure you’re shopping fruits and veggies that are in season

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Finding help when eating becomes a battle

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — The behavioral health specialists at Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services say that eating disorders are among the deadliest mental illnesses, second only to opioid addiction. With the number of people who struggle with disordered eating on the rise, KBHRS is encouraging people who need help to not be afraid to reach out.

Kern BHRS Supervisor Felicia Alcaraz says they primarily see young people, but that eating disorders can affect anyone of any age, gender, or body type.

“It looks different for everyone. For some, it could be whether it’s increased dieting, or for some it could be overly eating. It can be watching your weight to an extent that you’re hyperfocused on that diet, on what you’re eating and the calories you’re consuming,” said Alcaraz. “There is finding that healthy balance to keep you healthy and well, but then there’s that extremity on the other

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Bacteria-eating viruses in the gut may help us live to a healthy 100

We’re all told that to live longer, we must exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, maintain an optimal weight, not smoke, and manage stress. But why do some people naturally make it to the ripe old age of 100 while remaining healthy? A new study may have an answer to that question, and the bottom line is that it has to do with what’s in our gut.

Over the years, studies have shown that the gut microbiome, billions of bacteria and other microorganisms that live in our intestinal tract and are both helpful and potentially harmful, has been linked to mood, memory, body weight, and disease.

While these studies have told us a lot about how gut bacteria affect health, the viruses that make up the microbiome – the gut virome – are less commonly explored. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen studied the virome of 176

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