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The Altered Eating Mighty Network will be a virtual space for anyone living with a changed relationship with food and eating. We are a network of patients, researchers, health care practitioners, sensory experts and foodies who share a common interest in how to improve life when your eating has changed. The network will be a growing and sharing space, a space for listening and documenting, venting and developing, digesting and rebelling. It will be a learning democracy. Our team have worked alongside patients with cancer, brain injury, sjogren's syndrome, anosmia, parosmia and ‘Long Covid’. We will add more information videos, live-streaming events and information guides as a daily form of support. We will also learn together to co-create resources with our participants. In lock-down we need to grow our network and resources on-line – but when able we will finish our altered eating hub at the Whitley Bay Metro Station.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Our aim is to prevent weight gain, loss and malnutrition; improve quality of life and mental health; help manage experience of social isolation and altered intimacy and to broker practical support measures for those living locally.
Steps to get it done:
Sharing important new understanding of eating with diminished or changed sensory perception Sharing the latest evidence on Covid-19 related altered eating Increasing participation of local chefs/health care workers in supporting others Promoting shared food and eating experiences Advocating for new approaches to altered eating
About the space
North Tyneside Council