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Intro: Wellness & Nutrition

Procrastination Survey    

Four Tendencies Quiz by Gretchen Rubin (must submit your email at end of quiz to get results)

Addiction is mainly a result of the brain's natural response to a feeling of pleasure caused by dopamine.

Understand symptoms of addictive behavior related to your phone use and media consumption. Symptoms include:

- Frequent interactions with the addictive thing/substance/behavior

- Difficulty withdrawing

- Limited control of use

- Neglected or postponed activities

- Significant time or energy spent on the thing/behavior

- A desire to cut down on usage

Learn More: Wellness & Nutrition

School Meal Programs Innovate to Improve Student Nutrition: Survey explores progress, challenges three years into transition to healthier food standards (2016)

6 Takeaways Show Strong Progress on School Food and Nutrition​ (2017)

USDA Secretary Snnounces Halt on School Nutrition Standards: The rollback of Obama-era nutrition standards would allow schools to serve higher-sodium foods as well as fattier and flavored milk to students. 

USDA’s Proposed Changes to the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs (2018)

The Perils of Ignoring History: Big Tobacco Played Dirty and Millions Died. How Similar Is Big Food?

Why Dietitians Get a Bad Reputation

Food Politics Blog by author Marion Nestle

Deep Dive: Wellness & Nutrition

Unfazed or Dazed and Confused: Does Early Adolescent Marijuana Use Cause Sustained Impairments in Attention and Academic Functioning?   Adolescents who engage marijuana use experience an increase in observable attention and academic problems. These problems appear to be eliminated following 12 months of abstinence.

Health Effects of Marijuana use from the CDC  Marijuana use directly affects the brain — specifically the parts of the brain responsible for memory, learning, attention, decision making, coordination, emotions, and reaction time.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on teens and marijuana. Teenage marijuana use is at its highest level in 30 years.

Marijuana Use Trajectories and Academic Outcomes among College Students. Students who use marijuana frequently at the beginning of the college career are especially at risk for lower academic achievement.

American College Health Association Assessment: Undergraduate Student Executive Summary Spring 2019

Twenty-four percent of undergraduates indicated sleep difficulties affected their academic performance while 45% of students report feeling tired, dragged out, or sleepy during daytime 3-5 days a week.   

International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research consensus position statement: nutritional medicine in modern psychiatry   Associations between nutritional quality and mental health show healthy diets impact depression especially on the mental health of young people and adults. Many nutrients have a link to brain health, including: omega-3s, B vitamins (folate and B12), choline, iron, zinc, magnesium, SAMe, vitamin D, and amino acids.


Nutritional strategies to optimise cognitive function in the aging brain

Using Neurofeedback to Improve ADHD Symptoms in School-Aged Children.  Neurofeedback provides improvements of both auditory and visual attention.


NeuroCore Brain Performance Centers