USDA has launched a three-year collaborative project to understand the link between nutritional services and behavioral health and well-being.
The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (Mountain Plains Region) has launched a three-year collaborative partnership with the US Department of Health and Human Services to explore the intersection between nutritional security and behavioral health and well-being. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
He said the USDA would be part of the project. “The Food and Emotions Project.”Something that hopes to reduce the impact of mental health and substance use issues by “identifying and implementing strategies that address the relationship between nutritional security and behavioral health and well-being.”
Food and mood project
Aiming to “serve as a resource in addressing the impact of behavioral health issues on children and youth”, Food and mood project It’s something the USDA hopes will increase emotional well-being and reduce the impact of mental health and substance abuse issues on the K-12 population in SMSA regions 7 and 8, and the USDA FNS Mountain Plains region.
USDA states that it will accomplish this by identifying and implementing strategies that address the relationship between behavioral health and food/food insecurity/cultural food diversity/school gardens.
Although the USDA says that “the link between access to adequate nutrition and child/adolescent behavioral health is well supported,” the Food and Emotions Project promises to review relevant research, identify and share best practices that demonstrate productivity. Food and mood pillars.
What are the food and mood poles?
According to the USDA, the food and mood pillars are:
- Equitable Access to Resources – USDA aims to provide flexible funding to ensure equitable access to nutritious, culturally appropriate foods and services related to emotional well-being.
- Multidisciplinary community engagement – making change in community-level approaches to mental health with social determinants of health.
- Universal and Culturally Informed Curriculum – USDA hopes to implement culturally appropriate food and emotional learning opportunities or curricula that promote food and emotional well-being.
- Inclusive, mainstreaming public dialogue – reducing the stigma behind food and emotional well-being through public education, national campaigns and thoughtful public dialogue.
In the year Following the start of work in 2021, the mood and food project is reported to have made a series of learning collaborations for the government and the community, especially looking at health, education, nutrition, food insecurity, by the related experts in the mountain field regional offices and Samsha regions.
USDA said two key strategies the group supports are the USDA Farm to School program and the CDC’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model that promotes youth emotional well-being and addresses behavioral health issues, including attachment problems. Lack of food and cultural diversity.