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Wed 24 Aug, 2011
By Sam Bristowe


A loss of appetite and motivation combined with the struggle to meet the rising food costs mean that many people living with HIV do not a maintain a diet sufficient for good health

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Eating Positively

The Food Chain is marking its 20th Anniversary by delivering two new projects to support the changing needs of people living with HIV.

On 25th December 1988 a group of people got together to cook and deliver a traditional Christmas Dinner as a gesture of support and comfort for their friends who were dying from AIDS.

Medical advances have led to changing needs of people living with HIV and the development of new lifestyle-related nutritional services from The Food Chain which are being delivered alongside its usual meal and grocery services.
Eating Positively Classes will see the introduction of nutrition classes for people living with HIV in various locations across London.

These interactive cookery classes will offer practical tips, advice and nutritional information to service users who are well enough to shop and cook for themselves.

A new ‘Supported Shopping’ service will offer one-to-one home based support, advice and practical assistance for service users who require a greater level of assistance, provided by trained volunteers.

Good nutrition is vital for people living with HIV. Anti-retroviral drugs can control HIV infection, but without a diet of good food, the immune system cannot effectively rebuild itself or fight infections, weight loss and muscle wasting. A loss of appetite and motivation combined with the struggle to meet the rising food costs mean that many people living with HIV do not a maintain a diet sufficient for good health.

The Food Chain will be celebrating delivering nearly 400,000 meals to people living with HIV over the past 20 years with a special concert for World AIDS Day at St Martin-in-the-fields, Trafalgar Square (see Positive Eye section).

For more information about the new services or the 20th Anniversary Concert please contact: The Food Chain, 202-208 New North Road, Islington, London, N1 7BJ. Tel: 0207 354 0333. www.foodchain.org.uk


 

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