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Nutrition and mental health

Food Standards Agency:  This UK website can be difficult to navigate because of the sheer wealth of information. From the home page, click on the “nutrition” button on the menu. From there you can navigate further. Alternatively, type “recommended daily intake” into the search engine on the homepage.

The Food and Mood Community Interest Company (previously the Food and Mood Project):  This web-based user-led social enterprise founded with a Mind Millennium Award in 1998 sells dietary self-help resources for individuals and groups, including a DIY Food and Mood Workshop pack and The Food and Mood Handbook.


NHS Direct: This UK website contains comprehensive information about all aspects of health and ill-health.  Go to the home page and click on “health encyclopaedia”.  Type “healthy eating” into the search field. This will take you among other things to a quiz to test your healthy eating knowledge and a body mass index calculator. Alternatively go to the health encyclopaedia page and click on “nutrition food and diet”.


NHS choices: Live well. Healthy living for everyone. This website is very helpful to get information on all aspects of healthy eating, ranging from a balanced diet to shopping on a budget, and the evidence behind super foods.

Mayo Clinic: Nutrition and healthy eating. An American website that offers a wealth of information on all aspects of eating and weight control.

MedlinePlus: This is a website run by the US National Institute of Health. The homepage has a search option allowing you to type in different keywords so you can retrieve scientific information you want. Typing the keyword “alternative medicine” or “drug information” will direct you to the relevant sites. OBS: The site can be quite technical and contains lots of medical terms.


Diabetes UK:  Excellent website to learn about diabetes and its complications as well as treatments.  Go to the home page and click on “guide to diabetes” to access the menu which will guide you to the information you want. Click on “food and recipes” to get new healthy cooking ideas.


Wikipedia: Excellent internet encyclopaedia you can ask almost anything. Most articles are high quality and will refer you to the underlying original work. Go to the main page and type what your are looking for into the search field.

Updated: January 2014

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