Date:               Thursday, February 21, 2019

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

Location:         Unity Hospital Education Center
                         1555 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14626

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

Cost:                $25.00 Registration Fee
                         (This fee is waived for all Rochester Regional Health                         

Overview:       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 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.

Presenter:       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 microbiome 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

Registration:   Ann Miller (585) 922-2502

The Food Mood Connection:

Can what we eat really
influence our mood?