Food-Mood Connection



Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019

Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm (registration begins at 3:00pm)

Location(s): Unity Hospital Education Center - 1555 Long Pond Rd., Rochester, NY 14626

Limited seating available - Pre-registration will close on 02/18/19 at noon.

Note Seminars will be live streamed to the following locations:

* Twig Auditorium at Rochester General Hospital

* Auxiliary Room at Clifton Springs

* TGH Conference Room at RGMG 224 Alexander Street

* Oncology Consult Room, Kearney Bldg. at St. Mary's.

$25.00 Registration Fee

(This fee is waived for all Rochester Regional Health Employees/Interns/volunteers)

This session will provide an overview of the impact food and the microbiome have on anxiety, depression, and general mental health conditions. It will review the current literature on the influence of the microbiome has on mental health, how food choices may influence the microbiome, and how clinicians may be able to help improve mental health symptoms through nutritional choices.

Helena Boersma, EdD, LMHC, MS, NCC, IIN. Program Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Medaille College. - Dr. Boersma has specialized in the field of eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors for nearly 20 years. She has worked at all levels of behavioral health including inpatient, outpatient, residential, and private practice, supporting individuals and families restore their relationships with food. In 2006, she began exploring the connection between the mocrobiome and how it impacted the emotional well-being of her clients struggling with eating disorders, anxiety and depression. She completed advanced certifications in integrative nutrition and gut health. Today, all her clinical sessions and lectures incorporate discussions on food, mood, and emotional well-being.

Rochester Regional Health Employees: Click here to register
External Registration: Click here to register or go to

Or call: (585) 922-2502

Rochester Regional Behavioral Health Employees: Information on Available Educational Opportunities for 2018 can be found here

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