Is There A Relationship Between Food Security & Mental Health?

We think so.

And we’re exploring this relationship at our next Community Meeting. Join us for what is sure to be a stimulating conversation.

January 9th, 2012 @ Metro Hall, Room 310, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Presenters and Panelists include:

  • Wei Su, Registered Holistic Nutritionist
  • Ran Goel, Fresh City Farms
  • Gregory Sam, Meal Exchange
  • Laura Collins, MES Researcher

A city is considered “food secure” when all its citizens have access to safe, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods, in quantities that allow them to maintain healthy and active lives. Alternatively, when a city is “food insecure”, some or all of its citizens lack access to one or more of the aforementioned categories.

The negative affects of food insecurity are varied and vast – from children lacking the nutrients they need for optimal growth and development to an increase in chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer among adults.

But there’s more to the story.

Food insecurity can also contribute to and exacerbate mental health disorders, which in turn – and given a range of socio-economic factors – can lead to higher consumption of the very foods that make us sick. Think aspartame laced gum and high-fructose corn syrup style soda meets anxiety and depression.

That’s why we’re hoping YOU can help us co-create youth led solutions designed to nurture a just, local, and sustainable food system for all in Toronto.

Hope to see you there!

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