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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds TETYANA ROCKS: Congratulations on completing the course. It’s a great time to reflect on what we covered in the three weeks and answer the question we asked at the start of week 1. How can we optimise mental and brain health through diet and nutrition? We answered the question by understanding the fundamentals of diet and nutrition and mental and brain health and explored the relationship between these two major concepts. We then continued to learn from the experts and their research by digging into the mechanisms of action in diet and mental health and brain health, by looking at inflammation and gut microbiota.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds In out final week, we’ll look back in details at the Smiles trial and the principles of ModiMed diet and used our knowledge from weeks 1 and 2 to investigate strategies that support realistic, practical, and personalised changes to diet and nutrition to optimise mental and brain health. Throughout the course, we refer to the latest research and the expertise of the leading scholars in the traditional psychiatry as catalysts in this rapidly growing field of research. After the course, I encourage you to continue evaluating to new and emerging evidence and exploring diet and the mental health. I hope you feel confident in answering how to use diet and nutrition to optimise your mental and brain health.

Skip to 1 minute and 50 seconds I wish you the best with your future endeavours and look forward to when our paths cross again. Thank you. I truly enjoyed being a part of this experience with you.

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Congratulations on completing Food and Mood.

We hope you enjoyed learning about how the foods we eat affect our mental and brain health, the mechanisms of action between our gut and our brain and the ways in which we can make positive dietary behaviour changes.

This may be the last step in the course, but it won’t be the end of our conversation. Feel free to visit the weeks and steps that you found the most intriguing and explore the research papers.

Published research in this area continues to grow, and with the knowledge gained from the latest and cutting edge studies used in this course, you’ll be able to keep up with the evolving evidence with confidence.

Let’s stay in touch. Be sure to keep up to date with the latest Food and Mood Centre news and research, and follow us on Twitter or follow Tetyana.

It’s been wonderful being on this journey with you. Good luck and best wishes!

If you haven’t yet, would you like to take part in an optional post-course survey for The Food & Mood Centre, Deakin University?

As mentioned in Step 1.1 of this course, The Food & Mood Centre, Deakin University is carrying out research to evaluate the Food and Mood Course.

We’d like to invite all learners aged 18 years and older who have completed the course to take part in an optional survey.

By taking part in this survey, you’ll help us to understand whether participation in this course (the Food and Mood Course) improves nutrition and mental health knowledge and facilitates behavioural change.

We will use the findings to assist us in the development of future educational material. The Food & Mood Centre will use and share only anonymous data collected during the survey.

To take part in the survey please click the link below. It will take you to the Plain Language Statement and Consent Form for further information. The completion of this final post-course survey should take approximately 10 minutes.

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Your responses will not be linked to your FutureLearn identity or your course activity. Upon the completion of the baseline survey, you will be provided a unique code for the purpose of completing the follow-up survey.

We will also ask you if you wish to provide your email address to participate in further studies on this topic. Summarised (non-identifiable) findings from this research will be disseminated via scientific journals and conferences.

All the information collected during this survey, will be stored and handled according to Deakin Privacy Policy. It may be viewed on Deakin’s Policy Library.

Information on privacy at Deakin is available at: http://www.deakin.edu.au/footer/privacy

Thank you very much,

Dr Tetyana Rocks,

Food & Mood Centre, Deakin University.

Please note that this is an independent research study carried out by The Food & Mood Centre, Deakin University and your participation is subject to the University’s own policies and terms. FutureLearn takes no responsibility for the contents or the consequences of your participation in this study. Your participation in the research has no effect on your course progress, marks or FutureLearn profile.

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