Session 19 | On the Sunny Side: The Impact of Nutrition on Mental Health in Residents
Day: Monday, August 1 Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Type/Topic: Clinical/Person-Centered Care Practices
Mental health among seniors living in a congregate setting has long been a topic of interest, never more than while navigating the isolation, stress and boredom brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will discuss the role that nutrition can play in maintaining or improving the mental health status of older adults via the gut-brain axis, nutrient abundance and enjoyment of meals.
Director of Nutrition & Brand Innovation | Incite Strategic Partners
About the Presenter
Jen Bruning MS, RDN, LDN, serves as the Director of Nutrition & Brand Innovation for Incite Strategic Partners, the Group Purchasing Organizer partner of Florida Health Care Association. Prior to coming to Incite, Jen spent her dietetics career in food service, in both the corporate wellness and senior living sectors helping to shape the dining experience of clients around the country. Jen has previously held the position of professor of nutrition at Columbia College Chicago and currently serves as a National Media Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. You can hear Jen as the voice of the daily radio feature The Eating Right Minute, broadcast Monday-Friday in the Chicagoland area (105.9FM).