Month: June 2013
Speaker: Ms. Deirdre McCormack, Senior Dietitian, St. James’s Hospital
Topic: The Role of Nutrition and Exercise in Coping with Depression
Summary: Ms. Deirdre McCormack talks about the importance of regular meals and how small, manageable changes in our eating and exercise habits over a prolonged period of time, can have a significant impact on our body and mood. Ms. McCormack gives an overview of Tryptophan – an essential amino acid used by our bodies to make protein, which in turn can improve our mood and Omega 3 – a special type of fish oil with multiple health benefits. Ms. McCormack also touches on subjects such as hydration, supplements, and the importance of incorporating changes in our workplace as well as our homes. She refers to studies which illustrate the effectiveness of exercise in alleviating depression and increasing ‘brain serotonin’ which regulates our mood, sleep, libido and appetite along with other functions.
Aware lectures are provided free of charge and all are welcome to attend. Lectures take place the second Wednesday of every month at the Lecture Theatre, Swift Centre, St. Patrick’s Hospital, James’s St., Dublin 8.
Lectures start at 7.30pm however we advise that you arrive 15 minutes early to ensure you are seated comfortably. Paid parking is available in the St. Patrick’s Hospital car park (entrance via Steeven’s Lane); alternatively, take the Luas (red line) to Heuston Station and walk (map to St. Patrick’s Hospital).