May is national Mental Health Month, established over 60 years ago by national mental health advocates. This year’s theme is one we’re particularly thrilled about at Perry Wellness Center: “Pathways to Wellness.” We try to practice what we preach about wellness. Our exercise equipment, team sports, locally grown produce, meditation paths, and other campus staples serve as tributes to living a healthy life.
Throughout the month, we’ll be sharing wellness principles with you, from ways to take better care of your physical health to finding emotional balance in your life. Today’s topic: following a healthy diet. At our center, we make sure our delicious meals, prepared by a trained chef, are also nutritious. At our market, we offer only locally grown produce, much of which is grown right on our campus, so that our patrons can have true “farm to table” meals.
Here are five facts and tips on a healthy diet, provided courtesy of Mental Health America, the nation’s oldest mental health advocacy group, and a long-time supporter of Stuart’s efforts in the recovery movement:
· A healthy diet improves your ability to learn.
· A healthy diet means eating a nutritious breakfast every day. Skipping meals leads to a lack of energy.
· A healthy diet includes eating something nutritious every time you have a meal. Try substituting a salad for processed side dishes, or trading in something fried for a piece of fresh fruit.
· A healthy diet requires limiting your alcohol intake.
· A healthy diet avoids excessive amounts of caffeine, which can dehydrate you. Instead, drink 8 glasses of water a day.
Why not celebrate the month of May by making a few needed changes to your diet? You don’t have to wait until January to make a few healthy resolutions!