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Brain Health - DVD (w/Home-study exam)

The course “Brain Health: Mood, Metabolism and Cognition” provides an overview of key factors that can improve mental health, as well as to ensure cognitive health. This course includes a discussion of: (1) the importance of stress management, (2) physical activity, (3) weight management, (4) early diagnosis and proper management of diabetes and pre-diabetes, (5) key dietary factors to “defend the castle”, including the concept of “nutritional psychiatry”, (6) ways to improve gut health so as to improve brain health, (7) proper sleep hygiene, (8) the importance of oral health, and, finally, (9) how to incorporate some of the characteristics of our ancestors’ lifestyle (i.e., address our modern “Paleo-Deficit disorder). Health professionals who complete this course will gain a much fuller understanding of the factors that impact brain health, as well as a range of techniques to help themselves, and their patients/clients, improve/preserve cognitive function and ensure positive emotional and mental health.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe key factors that are essential for a healthy brain, and how these impact both cognitive function and mental health.
  2. Alzheimer’s disease as a neurodegenerative disorder of the brain; characterize depression as a neuropsychiatric disorder of the brain.
  3. Describe how obesity and diabetes impact cognitive and mental health.
  4. Explain how a Western diet can adversely a ect the brain, potentially interfering with the brain’s inhibitory control over food, and promoting compulsive overeating.
  5. Outline the neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric consequences of poor gut health (leaky gut).
  6. Describe the bi-directional link between oral health and mental health, and between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
  7. Outline the role of diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, and nature in improving and preserving brain health and vitality.
  8. Explain the concept of nutritional psychiatry – how diet can be used to improve mental health.
  9. Describe how the information in this course can be utilized to improve patient care and patient outcomes.
Products specifications
Instructor G. Willett, Ph.D., R.D.
Contact Hours: 6
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