The Utah State Legislature- Health System Reform Taskforce will be hosting a statewide listening tour regarding Essential Health Benefits (a component on federal health reform). For more details on Essential Health Benefits and how it can help increase access to necessary mental health services click HERE. This listening tour is an opportunity for YOU to let lawmakers know "Mental Health Matters"! The listening tour is scheduled for June 19th from 4:30-7:00 pm. Stay tuned for more details and talking points.
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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.