Our understanding of mental health has evolved to a more comprehensive model that acknowledges nutrition as an influential factor. Research highlights the role food, micronutrients and gut health play in determining our risk of developing mental health issues, as well as our ability to thrive with conditions such as Depression, Anxiety and ADHD.

This three-part series of 75-minute online workshops includes information about three pillars of nutritional approaches to mental health: diet, micronutrients, and the microbiome. You will learn how micronutrients and the microbiome impact common conditions like Depression, Anxiety and ADHD, and dietary strategies commonly used to support mental and cognitive health.

To see a description for each of the workshops, expand the box for that workshop by selecting the "+" to reveal details.

This series is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing and the Integrative Psychiatry & Wellness Program.

Sliding Scale Pricing

The Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing is deeply committed to the wellbeing and flourishing of all communities. In order to make our programming accessible to a broader audience, we have implemented a sliding scale fee structure for these online workshops.

University of Minnesota Retirees Association members and University of Minnesota Alumni Association members can receive a 10% discount on the suggested registration fee by selecting the appropriate fee at checkout. 

The suggested registration fee is $15 per workshop. 

We also offer a scholarship rate ($10) and supporter rate ($20) for those who would like to support others attending at the scholarship rate.

We do not want cost to be a barrier to participating in our programming. If you are not able to pay one of the listed registration fees, you are able to participate at no cost. 

University of Minnesota Wellbeing Program

Through the University's Wellbeing Program, UMN employees and spouses can receive 200 wellbeing points per workshop attended. Learn more about other UMN Wellbeing Program offerings through the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.

National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) CEUs

This course is approved by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching for 1.25 continuing education units (CEA-000292). If you would like to participate in this course for NBHWC continuing education units, please select "add this option" onto your registration. If you are not a NBHWC certified health coach, it is your responsibility to confirm that the course meets the requirements of your governing institution or credentialing board and that they will accept NBHWC CEUs. NBHWC CEUs are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Continuing Education Units

Please contact your licensing board or accrediting body to determine if this program meets eligibility to receive continuing education units. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program upon request. Please contact the Bakken Center's community relations office (mindprg@umn.edu) for more information.


The online workshops are didactic with time for questions and answers. You are welcome to attend one or all three workshops. Please note, registration will close at 11 a.m. Central on the day of the workshop to ensure we can get you all of the logistical details.

Who These Workshops Are For

Adults (18 and older) interested in learning to support their emotional wellbeing and cognitive health with practical food.

Please note, this programming is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or mental health advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please use any and all information discussed in the classes to support discussions with your health care team.

Refund Policy

These workshops are non-refundable. Exceptions to this policy are granted for extenuating circumstances. For more information, participants should reach out to the Bakken Center's community relations office (mindprg@umn.edu, 612-625-8164).


If you have questions regarding the workshops, please contact the Bakken Center's community relations office (mindprg@umn.edu, 612-625-8164).

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Section Title
Workshop #3: Nutritional and Dietary Approaches for Mental Health
12:00PM to 1:15PM
Mar 27, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online
Course Fee(s)
Scholarship Fee $10.00
Suggested Registration Fee $15.00
Supporter Fee $20.00
Workshop UMAA Discount Fee $13.50
Workshop UMRA Discount Fee $13.50
Zero Cost Fee $0.00
Section Fees
NBHWC CEUs $10.00 Optional
Section Details
Workshop #3: Nutritional and Dietary Approaches for Mental Health
1. Review dietary strategies for optimizing mental and cognitive health
2. Learn how to individualize dietary needs
3. Become familiar with basic dietary and food practices that support mood and cognitive health
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