Diet and nutrition are not just about our waistlines. Each has a huge impact on our mental wellness. The same holds true for our young people. What goes into their growing and developing bodies affects both their physical and mental health.
A healthy lifestyle can help prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. It can also play a big role in helping people recover from these conditions. Taking good care of your body is part of a smart approach to mental health.
If our pancreas has a chemical imbalance, we seek treatment. If our kidneys are not physiologically working right, we seek treatment. When our most complex organ, the brain, is not physiologically working right or has a chemical imbalance, for some reason we ignore or hide it. May is Mental Health Month; an opportunity to break the negative stigma that surrounds mental illness and promote the well-being of the whole individual.
More than 2,100 middle and high school students across Ohio marched in downtown Columbus on April 19 as part of the 7th annual We Are The Majority Rally to celebrate healthy lifestyles and advocate for youth-led prevention.
If you’re a parent or other caregiver of teens, you likely have had “stranger danger” talks with them. Those types of stranger danger safety conversations, though critical for little ones, tend to decrease as our kids get older. Child safety experts say however, that those age-appropriate type safety talks are critical for older children as well and need to continue into and throughout their teenage years.