Healthy Brains Background Paper

The importance of positive wellbeing has been highlighted as we experience life during COVID-19. Our
ability to socialise with friends and family and to live and work normally changed massively after the
2020 outbreak.

The combination of stress and uncertainty in our lives can all affect our mental wellbeing. At Activity and
Nutrition Aotearoa (ANA) we wanted to understand how our health and eating habits could affect our
mental wellbeing and whether what we eat and drink can be used to help promote positive mental
wellbeing.