Afternoon Concurrent Sessions [choose one on your registration form]
Naturopathic Approaches to Mental Wellness
Dr. Jonathan E. Prousky, ND, MSc., MA, RP (Qualifying)
This workshop will focus on self-care therapies to build lasting success when managing episodic or chronic mental distress. These empirically supported therapies involve food (including specific dietary approaches), micronutrients, specific
natural health products, exercise, sleep, social integration, psychological support, mindfulness, and spirituality.
Attendees to this session will learn the scientific basis of these therapies and why they are necessary to optimize
self-regulation, resilience, self-agency and empowerment. This workshop promises to be engaging, interactive, and fun!
You Are What You Eat: The Psychological, Biochemical, and Physical Connection Between Food and Mental Health
Kelly Matheson, MSc RD CDE
The link between nutrition and mental health has become a hot topic over the past few years. Dietitians who specialize in mental health have been working to educate both their peers and the public around the impact nutrition can have in
management and prevention of mental illness. Kelly, a Registered Dietitian, will be discussing current research in the area, the role of nutrition in brain functioning and how young adults can utilize nutrition to promote mental well-being.
Let’s eat together! The Communal Lunch Program
Jennifer Mitsche, Professor George Brown College
Torsten Hamelin, Peerconnect Co-ordinator , George Brown College
The Lunch Program is a regularly scheduled communal meal experience developed by Communications Professor Jennifer Mitsche and coordinated by Torsten Hamelin and all Peerconnect Community from George Brown College. Grounded in theories
that reveal a connection between food security, community, and mental well-being, the Lunch Program provides the framework and motivation for students to prepare and eat affordable, nutritious whole-food meals together.
is an experiential session that will enable participants to learn about this innovative new initiative which highlights the social function of food and addresses the food insecurity and social isolation faced by so many post-secondary
students today. Join us to experience the Lunch Program for yourself!
Food Matters: Community Change-Makers in the GTA [Panel]
Rima Kaur, External Communications Specialist, George Brown College
Natalie Boustead, Community and Market Gardens Coordinator for Food Share; Teacher, Urban Farmer, Community Animator, and Life Coach
Joshna Majara – Chef, Speaker, Activist, and Author of Take Back the Tray: Revolutionizing Food in Hospitals, Schools, and Other Institutions
Tara Hattangadi, MH Sc, Health Researcher and Student Well-Being Advocate
Rima Kaur will discuss innovative ways of inspiring change around food, community engagement, and mental health with these local change-makers. Panelists will provide a background to their experiences, research, initiatives and projects
and will engage in discussion with each other and the audience. Come curious and leave inspired to create change in your own community!
Fear and Food: Relationships between Anxiety and Eating Disorders [Virtual Presentation – Afternoon Only]
Dr. Robert Selles, Psychologist, Anxiety Canada
Judith Law, Executive Director, Anxiety Canada
Constantine Cabarios, Counsellor, George Brown College
During this session, Dr. Robert Selles and Judith Law will share with participants highlights from a recent literature review, environment scan, and consultation on prevention and early intervention of eating and anxiety disorders. The
session will provide participants with an understanding of the intersection of anxiety and eating disorders and avenues that may be beneficial to pursue in increasing support for individuals at risk, or suffering from, eating and anxiety
Dr. Selles and Judith Law will present via video conference from British Columbia and will be moderated by Constantine Cabarios. Participants will have a chance to ask questions and engage in discussion on this interesting topic.
Chris McGrath, Vice-President Student Success, George Brown College