I was tremendously honored this year when asked to be on the planning committee for the annual Central Michigan AIDS Walk happening this weekend in downtown Mt. P. For those of you who don’t know, I have been working with our regional HIV and AIDS case management program for the past three years and its been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my career. Each month I provide one-on-one nutrition counseling to individuals who visit our clinic in Northern Michigan. If you’ve never been to this area of the country, you may not realize how limited nutrition services are in my neck of the woods. This is especially true for individuals who have unique health and nutrition needs.
Last year was the first year we hosted the Central Michigan AIDS walk in Mt. P. We had a fabulous turn out and raised a lot of support for those within our own local community. This year I am hoping for another wonderful turnout as we continue to spread awareness about HIV and assist those that are effected by it on a daily basis.
Whether you live in Mt. P or not, you can help spread awareness and support those affected by HIV by visiting the AIDS Walk Michigan 2011 website. There you can find walks within the Michigan community to participate in and discover ways to pledge financial support if walking isn’t going to be possible for you this year. All funds that are raised within each local community are kept within that community to help support local services. According to the AIDS Walk Michigan website, many of these services are a lifeline to food, housing, transportation, and support services that are available to both individuals and families living with HIV on a daily basis.
Aaron, the guy behind the plate, and I will both be at the walk this Saturday, September 24th, at 9am to help set up the food, meet the walkers, and get the lay of the land. We hope you join us either in person or in thought as we show our support for many individuals living within our local community.
For more information on HIV and AIDS, check out AIDS.gov. Its a great resource if you aren’t familiar with HIV or AIDS is, how it’s treated, or how individuals receive care once it’s diagnosed.
The Girl Behind the Plate,