Implementation of physical exercise and nutrition education in inpatient psychiatry resulted in positive changes in both psychological and physical outcomes, according to a study published in Global Advances in Health and Medicine.

“Multiple studies have indicated that a multidisciplinary approach focused on mind–body connection has been instrumental in promoting well-being in the general population,” David Tomasi, PhD, from University of Vermont Integrative Health, and colleagues wrote. “In the context of inpatient psychiatry, the specific needs of complex diagnostic presentations represent a challenge to the commonly utilized combination of psychotherapy and pharmacological intervention.”

To encourage physical health, fitness and exercise in this patient population, Tomasi and colleagues administered 60-minute exercise and nutritional education sessions four times a week to 100 adult patients from two inpatient psychiatry units

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