I notice my Thrive 6.65 colleagues have posted some wonderful menus and are creating amazing meals that appear to be kind of different each day. I on the other hand will probably have the same meal – the hamburger /pasta casserole – for lunch and dinner for the rest of the week. As well , for breakfast a berry /oatmeal smoothie everyday. It certainly takes a good amount of creativity, preparation and time to make these meals and ensure a level of nutrition.
So now for the educational component… Fife House was one of the community leads in a seminal research study called Positive Spaces,Healthy Places. This study is the first longitudinal and longest running community-based research (CBR) initiative in Canada to examine housing stability and housing outcomes among people living with HIV – over 600 HIV+ women and men from across Ontario were interviewed for this study. Run through the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) this study looks at people living with HIV who are homeless or unstably housed and has showen high prevalence of food insecurity and associated poor health outcomes. To better understand this issue, a longitudinal study was undertaken to examine the impact of food insecurity and housing on overall physical and mental health-related quality of life among people living with HIV in Ontario. 57% of participants were found to be food insecure.
For more details on this study please click here
It is important to note Fife House recognizes the need for robust and community lead food and meal programming and that these programs contribute to healthy living and houisng stability. Last year over 4,000 meals were created in our residential and programs – clients, staff and volunteers all contributed. Additionally our catering social enterprise secured 80 catering jobs in 2013-14. Fifteen Fife clients participate in this project.
Till next time,