Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA) is excited to announce Utah’s Annual Recovery Day Celebrations. Each September, in support of National Recovery Month, USARA sponsors events held throughout the state of Utah to celebrate the recovery efforts of individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
The Recovery Day Celebration events are free to the public and will be a family friendly event. Local community leaders will speak in support of individuals, family members and friends of people in Recovery. Many public and private agencies will be hosting exhibit booths with information about substance use prevention, treatment and recovery resources in the community. USARA depends on our community partnerships and collaborations to establish resources that engage people in recovery activities, where they experience support from others who have found ways to live healthy and fulfilling lives without the dependence on alcohol and drugs.
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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.