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Let's reflect on the key ideas from the week.

Key ideas and principles

There are a number of factors that support successful dietary behaviour change to incorporate the ModiMed diet.

In our final week, we unpacked the randomised controlled trial (the SMILES trial) and the principles of the diet used to effect significant mental health improvements in the participants.

The diet, ModiMed, also showed to be cheaper (in metropolitan Australia) than the diets eaten by participants before the trial, disapproving the perception that a healthy diet is an expensive and unrealistic diet.

On a macro level, the cost of healthy eating as treatment for mental health is also cheaper than the economic burdens placed on healthcare and social support systems.

Implementing diet behaviour change can be a daunting prospect. However, using evidence-based strategies and approaches such as SMART goals, a positive and optimistic focus and an awareness of individual needs, changes can be manageable and effective.

Your task

Reflect on your thoughts at the end of this course.

What has been your biggest light-bulb moment?

You might like to revisit the WordCloud from Week 1 as a starting point. Have any of the words changed meaning for you?

Share your thoughts and take time to explore comments from other learners.

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