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Nutrition Program

People with HIV and AIDS have unique nutritional challenges, including maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the side effects of treatments. Many are also managing more common chronic conditions like diabetes or watching their cholesterol. Having good food is not enough, and knowing what food is best for your individual situation can be confusing. That is why The Aliveness Project offers the expertise of our nutritionist, registered dietitian Arissa Anderson..

The Nutrition Program offers workshops and individual counseling. It is open to all members. During the individual nutritional counseling sessions, Arissa will take time to understand your needs and provide support in reaching your goals.

For more information, contact Arissa directly by email at Arissa@aliveness.org, or by phone at 612-822-7946, ext. 217.

If you are not sure nutrition counseling can help, consider the following questions related to your health:

  1. Have you recently lost or gained weight without trying?
  2. Have you been told by your doctor or health care provider that you have high cholesterol or triglycerides? 
  3. Do you have diabetes, heart disease, cancer, lung disease, or other conditions?
  4. Do you have any of the following symptoms?
  • Nausea or vomiting        
  • Diarrhea or Constipation
  • Gas, bloating, or heartburn
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  1. Are any of the following statements true?

____I don’t have enough food to eat every day.

____I often eat fewer than 3 times per day.

____I do not have a place to cook or keep foods cold.

____I usually have 1 or 2 (or more) alcoholic drinks a day.

____I take vitamin, herbs and/or mineral supplements.

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions and you haven’t talked with a dietitian recently, call our front desk at 612-822-7946 to schedule an appointment with Arissa.

Resources:

Nutrition and HIV/AIDS
            From the American Academy of Nutrition

Nutrition & Food Safety
            From AIDS.gov

New HIV Diagnosis Resources

At The Aliveness Project, we understand how difficult and confusing it can be when you are newly diagnosed. We would like to offer you encouragement and welcome you to come and join us when you feel ready.

Our Peer Program and Outreach staff are here to help you get set up with an HIV doctor, case manager and give you any other referrals you may need. We are also here to help you identify and overcome barriers to medical care.

Please call or text Tom Bichanga at 612-839-2414, Angelikah Overton at 612-886-5708 or Hanna Dorn at 612-886-5703. You may also reach us in the office at 612-822-7946 or by email. To find our email addresses just click on our names.

The Peer Program and Outreach Program provide an array of other services as well, including HIV education and HIV testing. You can find more information here.

Resources and Information for Newly Diagnosed

After You’ve Tested Positive (English):
http://www.projectinform.org/pdf/hivhealth1.pdf

After You’ve Tested Positive Spanish:
http://www.projectinform.org/pdf/hivhealth1.pdf

AIDSLine: Calls answered Monday- Friday 9am- 5pm
612–373–2437 (Metro)
800–248–2437 (Toll Free)

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Newly Diagnosed Resources

At The Aliveness Project, we understand how difficult and confusing it can be when you are newly diagnosed. We would like to offer you encouragement and welcome you to come and join us when you feel ready.

Our Peer Program and Outreach staff are here to help you get set up with an HIV doctor, case manager and give you any other referrals you may need. We are also here to help you identify and overcome barriers to medical care.

Please call or text Tom Bichanga at 612-839-2414, Angelikah Overton at 612-886-5708 or Hanna Dorn at 612-886-5703. You may also reach us in the office at 612-822-7946 or by email. To find our email addresses just click on our names.

The Peer Program and Outreach Program provide an array of other services as well, including HIV education and HIV testing. You can find more information here.

Resources and Information for Newly Diagnosed

After You’ve Tested Positive (English):
http://www.projectinform.org/pdf/hivhealth1.pdf

After You’ve Tested Positive Spanish:
http://www.projectinform.org/pdf/hivhealth1.pdf

AIDSLine: Calls answered Monday- Friday 9am- 5pm
612–373–2437 (Metro)
800–248–2437 (Toll Free)

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Since 1985, The Aliveness Project has been a community resource and active leader in the HIV community in Minnesota.

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