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Talking to: Jenna Mosimann CEO of Food for the Brain Charity discusses Nutrition for Optimal Mental Health

Food For The Brain is dedicated to promoting optimal nutrition for mental and cognitive health outpatient Brain Bio Clinic in Putney as well as charitable work and education. Less-Stress London spoke to founder and chief Jenna Mosimann about spreading the word, and plans for the future.

Less-Stress London: You work with schools, universities, hospitals and partner charities. What does this involve?
Jenna Mosimann: Organisations such as businesses, schools and other charities may not fully understand the link between nutrition and mental or cognitive health and performance.  We want to help people make more informed choices about their diet and our website has a range of resources on nutrition for mental health.  We also offer not-for-profit consultancy services including our catering accreditation.  We recently accredited the residential care settings in the Northwest for the mental health and addiction charity, Turning Point. Together we have transformed the meals offered to be much more nutritionally balanced and colourful, which will benefit the patients and their recovery.

L-SL: How important is it to get the nutrition right for children?
JM: Nutrition is incredibly important for children’s learning and development, in the early years especially. Parents and care-givers have a big responsibility in setting good dietary habits, and many can benefit from improved nutritional knowledge.  For example, understanding how balancing blood sugar can help in energy levels and focus, and how sugary foods such as fruit juice can worsen concentration and how essential fats like those in fish, nuts and seeds are vital for brain development. Our SMART kids website resources are aimed at helping parents lay the right nutritional foundations for their children’s development and future.

L-SL: You also do vital work in the prevention of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
JM: We run a “Positive Action against Alzheimer’s” campaign focusing on the prevention of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It’s targeted at people from midlife upwards, although it is relevant to anyone who wants on-going good cognitive function.

L-SL: How do you work with corporate clients?
JM: We work with HR teams and wellness managers providing workshops, seminars and presentations, as well as bringing the clinic on­site. We can for example offer “Stress and Nutrition” packages including an adrenal stress test for employees, a personalised report and a consultation session onsite or via Skype or phone with one of our nutritional therapists.

L-SL: Is there strong demand from corporate clients?
JM: Yes, demand is growing. There is a strong business case that most corporate wellness managers recognise. Building employees’ resilience, improving the consistency of their performance, and reducing absences due to sickness is beneficial for the company.

However, to fully embrace this philosophy, organisations may need a cultural shift. Although many companies understand that nutritional intervention is beneficial, it can be difficult to directly measure the outcomes, which is something the corporate world often want.

L-SL: Are you working on any new projects that you want to tell us about?
JM: We are working on a number of projects including expanding our clinic offering and hopefully launching a new fund aimed at helping to subsidise people on low ­incomes to access the clinic.

Related Resources

You can explore SMART Kids Online Resource here.
Find out about Positive Action On Alzheimer’s Campaign here.

Find out more about Brain Bio Clinic here.

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