Food for Life is an award-winning Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) program designed by physicians, nurses, and registered dietitians that offers cancer, diabetes, weight management, employee wellness, and kids’ classes that focus on the lifesaving effects of healthful eating. Each class includes information about how certain foods and nutrients work to promote health, along with hands-on cooking classes of simple and nutritious recipes that can be recreated easily at home.
During the months of July and August 2016, Klaus Mitchell from Plant-Based News collaborated with Food for Life instructor Farrah Rainfly to run the Food for Life hands-on cooking classes free of charge in London.
The classes were a great success; they taught over 40 people per class working in groups of four and attracted a 50/50 split of vegan and non-vegan attendees, all from varying background, ages and cultures. Farrah is currently one of two Food for Life instructors in London. Although the first round of classes has finished, she is on a mission to get these classes clinically commissioned and prescribed by Public Health England and/or the National Health Service (NHS).
Farrah said: “Changes to the NHS have made [it] easier [to get the courses prescribed to patients]; doctors can now refer patients on to projects that are not funded by the NHS such as projects by 'MIND' but equally the NHS and Public Health England do fund and prescribe: slimming world, gym memberships and even gardening for Mental Health. This is opening the door finally for hands-on cooking classes like ours.
“I have some health professionals kindly helping to navigate our way through. I feel that the time is right for this type of cost effective public health intervention (as a doctor friend calls it). The public really do have an appetite for hands-on cooking classes!”
For further information on all future classes in the UK, click here: http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/ffl/classes/class-list?field_venue_address_administrative_area=All&field_venue_address_country=GB
To keep the classes going, they rely on the donations given by participants. Farrah has now started work on the local authority proposal with the help of a doctor friend who happens to be a head of clinical governance and a passionate vegan. They are fundraising for series two. To offer a donation or to volunteer to help out, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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