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Key ideas and principles

Key ideas and principles
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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, healthy eating as a 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.

The Food & Mood Survey

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.

Take part in the survey

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:

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.

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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