Literature Reviews

Literature reviews were conducted in both phases of the Minding Our Bodies project: “Physical Activity for Mental Health” and “Eating Well for Mental Health.” These literature reviews, combined with the information gathered from both environmental scans, guided us in our project planning and informed our recommendations to be evidence-based. In addition to the literature reviews that were conducted for the project, we have included links to other relevant reviews to provide a well-rounded view of the available research.

Minding Our Bodies, Phase I — Physical Activity for Mental Health

In the initial stages of the Minding Our Bodies project, a brief literature review was conducted to assess the research on physical activity and mental health.

Minding Our Bodies, Phase II — Eating Well for Mental Health

In the second phase of the project, several brief, narrowly focused literature reviews were conducted to investigate the influence of nutrition on particular mental health conditions. This section will be expanded on as more areas are explored.

Minding Our Bodies, Phase III — Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Mental Health

Research findings suggest that natural settings such as parks, wilderness areas, urban green spaces and gardens may be just what the doctor ordered to improve both physical and mental health and reduce the load on our health care system.

Dietitians of Canada

Ontario Brain Institute

  • The Role of Physical Activity in the Prevention and Management of Alzheimer’s Disease – Implications for Ontario (2013)
    This report by the Ontario Brain Institute shows that more than one in seven cases of Alzheimer’s disease could be prevented by moderate physical activity. Perhaps most significantly, the OBI report suggests that as few as five 30-minute walks per week can prevent up to 16 per cent of AD cases. The report also shows that physical activity can contribute to managing AD symptoms by increasing a patient’s independence, improving their overall quality of life and effectively mitigating depression – a condition that is up to ten times more common in people with AD than in the general population.

Mental Health Foundation (UK)