Healthy Families

Week 3: Healthy Families

This week we are focusing on creating mental health and well-being for the whole family with proper nutrition, bonding through healthy communication, and getting the family moving in the great outdoors. 

Family Bonding

Healthy families engage in positive and meaningful communication. Family members listen to and genuinely care about what the others are saying. In healthy families, communication is on a deep enough level that all members are able to share their feelings, goals, accomplishments and experiences.

Family Time in Nature

Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. It may even reduce mortality, according to scientists such as public health researchers Stamatakis and Mitchell. Read more here. 

Nutrition and Mental Health

Think about it. Your brain is always “on.” It takes care of your thoughts and movements, your breathing and heartbeat, your senses — it works hard 24/7, even while you’re asleep. This means your brain requires a constant supply of fuel. That “fuel” comes from the foods you eat — and what’s in that fuel makes all the difference. Put simply, what you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain and, ultimately, your mood.

Learn more about nutrition and your mental wellness from Dr. Bonnie Kaplan through her online video series on her website here. 

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