Read NAMI's newest brochure: SchizophreniaAn excellent overview of schizophrenia, NAMI's new, four-color brochure covers topics such as medicines, cultural competency and research around this serious mental illness. Written by Dr. Ken Duckworth, NAMI’s Medical Director, along with input from experts in the field, Schizophrenia is great for families and individuals facing the illness. This new brochure is also an appropriate tool for support groups, physician's offices, conventions, health fairs and the workplace.
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We all need nutrition to support our bodies. A poor diet equals poor health, contributing to obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes - conditions that many people living with mental illness are at a high risk of developing. Nutrition is important for everyone. If you are living with mental illness, eating well is especially important for you, because what you eat can affect your daily life, mood and energy level. Healthy eating is not about being thin or deprivation. Healthy eating is about feeling good, having more energy, participating in your recovery and mapping out your future. Simply put, healthy eating is one of the best things you can do to improve wellness. Dietary guidelines set by the USDA state that a healthy diet is one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat free or low fat milk products. A healthy diet should include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts. Be sure to limit saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars. Lear more about the U.S. government's guidlelines by reveiwing the food pyramid: mypyramid.gov.