Food and mental health

posted by Amber Brady on February 8, 2024 Person buying vegetables at the market

A healthy relationship with food fuels your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. This month, we focus on how to strengthen that connection and ways to improve overall mental health for adults and youth.

View the tools and resources from Optum below.

Creating a healthier relationship with food: A healthy relationship with food fuels our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Take a moment to think about your relationship with food. Is it a good one? Read article

Leadership supporting peak workplace performance through health nutrition: A healthy diet fuels the brain, gives energy, and enhances performance. Leaders who want to function at their optimal performance and have a staff who operate at their peak performance need to understand the importance of healthy nutrition. This episode will bring awareness of the relationship between food and performance. Play podcast

Concerned about an eating disorder? Screen for signs of a potential eating disorder. Read more

What does it mean to have good mental health? Taking care of your mind is just as important as taking care of your body. Use this overview to learn more about what good mental health is. Read article

I’m too busy to eat healthily: This course covers the basics of eating well, addressing why we should do it and how we can make it work in our busy lives. It goes over myths about healthy eating and weight loss, the science behind healthy and balanced diets, and healthy meal suggestions for busy people. Download training

6 ways to eat and drink more mindfully: Explore the benefits of eating and drinking with greater intention. The post discusses the benefits of bringing more awareness and intention to our eating and drinking habits. Often, we use food and alcohol as tools to deal with difficult situations or emotions. Read article

The Optum Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free service for all full-time state employees and those in their household and can be a beneficial tool to improve your overall well-being. You have 8 free face-to-face EAP counseling visits with a licensed therapist available per issue, per year. These tools and resources are available 24/7 and are completely confidential.

Contact Optum EAP

Phone: (800) 886-9747 (24/7 support) 

Website: (Access code: Indiana)
Access all the Optum EAP online tools and resources.

Connect through the myLiveandworkwell app
Available in the App Store and Google Play. Log into the app and enter access code: Indiana