Training Informal Training Sessions Kickstart your new year Grab a cuppa and join us for our informal 1-hour health talks. We're covering a variety of topics throughout January, February and March to kick start the new year! ✅ These talks will be delivered online via video call by our Associate Registered Nutritionist, Jess. Please contact [email protected] or call 0131 467 7326 to book your place. We'd love to see you there! Book your place here. Please see our programme of talks below: 🍓 Tuesday 25th January 10am Food and Mood – Learn all about how our food intake can impact our mood. Food and Mood is a fascinating subject area and one that is perhaps even more relevant now as we all feel the effects of a year and more of lockdowns and isolation. While we cannot say nutritious food is a ‘cure’ for diagnosed mental ill-health, there are various ways in which poor diet and unhealthy behaviours may exacerbate low mood in general and diagnosed conditions more specifically. In this talk we will cover: Inflammation Gut bacteria and gut health The benefits of balancing our diet Look at the roles of carbohydrates (including sugar) and fats Using food as a focal point for social interaction Role of exercise in good mental health 🍓 Tuesday 22nd February 10am Eating Well for Older People - This talk provides knowledge of nutrition for older people and how to support them to eat well. Around 1.3 million older people are at risk of becoming malnourished. This talk will cover the importance of eating a nutritious, balanced diet as we age as well as some practical tips on how to achieve this. The following topics will be covered: Nutritional and health needs of older people Over & under-nutrition Sarcopenia Osteoporosis Dehydration Dementia 🍓 Tuesday 1st March 10am Healthy Veggie Diets – Learn how to maintain an optimal vegetarian or vegan diet and consume the right balance of key nutrients. With the rise of plant-based diets, it’s important to ensure we’re consuming enough of key nutrients. There are many benefits to eating a plant-based diet including an increase in fibre intake and a reduction in bowel cancer risk. There are, however, a few considerations such as making sure dairy alternatives are fortified and choosing the most nutritious carbohydrates. This talk will cover the following topics: Types of vegetarian and plant-based diets Benefits and risks of following a vegetarian or plant-based diet Vegetarian and plant-based diets at different life stages Key nutrients to be mindful of Supplements Practical tips 🍓 Tuesday 8th March 10am Poo, Bacteria and Fibre – Learn all about how we can support our health with our gut and to keep our gut bacteria happy. Gut health interest and research has increased hugely in recent years. Scientists are discovering that our gut health can be very influential towards the rest of our health including our mental health. Join our talk on poo, bacteria and fibre to learn all about our gut health, what lives in there and what keeps our gut healthy and happy. This talk will cover the following topics: The importance of food for our gut health Poo! What is normal? Gut bacteria Carbohydrates and fibre Sign up for as many sessions as you'd like. There will plenty of time at the end of each for questions. We’d love to see you there!