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Your Diet's Effect on Your Mental Health | SPIRIT | June 2012 

SPIRIT
The latest news and updates on positive mental health.

Touching Lives + Healing Hearts
June 2012

Food For Thought

A healthy diet is conclusively linked to fewer physical health problems. But increasing evidence also suggests there's a strong link between diet and mental health. 
	
Eating three regular meals per day with two snacks and avoiding refined sugars will help maintain blood sugar levels and avoid mood swings, irritability and fatigue associated with low blood sugar and depression. 

Drinking plenty of water prevents dehydration, but it also combats irritability, lack of concentration and aggression. Avoid beverages containing caffeine, which may cause anxiety and sleep disorders, and large quantities of alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant, which naturally worsens mood. In addition, a high-quality protein diet is essential for producing the amino acids responsible for brain function that are not manufactured naturally by the body. Omega 3 fatty acids, found in salmon and walnuts, boost memory and learning by improving synaptic function in the brain, and also reduce symptoms of depression. 

Taking a multivitamin is also important if you are taking an anti-depressant or other form of medication, because it helps your body properly absorb the medication for its full benefit. 

Call 281.480.7754 to schedule an appointment today.
Improving your lifestyle habits is one way to proactively take charge of your cognitive function and mental health. If you are struggling with a mental disorder, a healthy diet is an important factor to remember alongside professional assistance and any necessary medication. 

Congratulations to Dr. Gerald J. DeSobe!

Last month, CEO and President of Krist Samaritan Center, the Rev. Dr. Gerald J. DeSobe, PhD, LPC, was presented with a plaque commemorating his 25 years of service to the Center during an open house at the main office in Clear Lake.

Krist Samaritan Center Partners with Marathon Oil Corporation and Executive Service Corps of Houston

In May 2012, Krist Samaritan Center was one of four non-profit organizations in the greater Houston area to participate in the Marathon Strategic Leadership Program, sponsored by Marathon Oil Corporation in collaboration with Executive Service Corps of Houston (ESCH). Founded on Marathon's values of corporate citizenship and social responsibility by making a difference through philanthropic, social development and volunteer programs, Marathon Oil dedicated a full day of its future leaders' training program to solving issues related to data integrity and disaster preparedness for the Center's new electronic medical record system. Chief Operating Officer Pauline Gallien and Director of Education Jason Martin, PhD, LMFT, LPC represented the Center at the event.
'Marathon Oil's leadership students really enjoyed the hands-on experience this exercise provided them. Much of the energy and excitement came from having to work on real issues and challenges facing Krist Samaritan Center and the other non-profit organizations participating in this project. Facing those challenges without the same level of resources they are used to having at Marathon Oil, made the challenge an even greater experience for our conferees.  This was clearly an outstanding learning experience for us and we hope that Krist Samaritan found this equally beneficial.'
John Farrell, Organizational Development Manager
Marathon Oil Corporation

Save the Date
Touching Lives + Healing Hearts

A Samaritan Celebration
November 1, 2012
River Oaks Country Club

Our annual gala, A Samaritan Celebration, celebrates the life made by giving to others in need. Funds raised will supplement the Counseling Assistance Fund.

Honorees:
The Dyer Family
Missionaries to Peru

Charles Fraser, MD
Surgeon-In-Chief at Texas Children's Hospital

Terri and John Havens
Philanthropists

Chairpersons:
Carol and Michael Linn

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A developmental delay is the term for when a child's mental or emotional abilities don't match expected norms for his or her age group. These delays include significant problems with language, fine and gross motor skills, social and emotional skills, and critical thinking skills, all of which can affect children's relationships with peers and the ability to function at school. 

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 281.480.7754.

At Krist Samaritan Center, our services include:
Counseling │ Psychological Testing │ Psychiatric Consultation│ Education and Training │ Congregational Care Programs | Speech Therapy

For more information, call our main office at 281.480.7554 or visit our website. 
http://www.samaritanhouston.org/

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