Health Promotion & Nutrition

The Nutrition Services at Andromeda is an upcoming  program. Its mission is to encourage positive healthy behaviors and improve the quality of life of our clients. We understand that every patient is unique. That’s why we offer nutrition education and Medical Nutrition Therapy tailored to the needs of our individual clients. Vidya Ravikumar, a Registered Dietitian trained in HIV care and with years of experience at another non-profit organization is heading the nutrition program at Andromeda. She has designed and successfully operated a nutrition program in the district earlier. She therefore understands the issues involved and the components needed to make the program beneficial to the population we serve. Our program also intends to start a 6 week cooking class in the near future. The purpose is to equip the clients with not just the knowledge of what is healthy but how it can be achieved on a daily basis. Please watch this space for updated information on the classes!


Food Resources Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes and Cooking Tips OLA hosts twice a month at different locations. If clients are looking for fresh food the distribution site  for this month are:
  • November 12th, 2015 - Church of Christ -4801 16th Street NW Washington, D.C.
  • November 13th, 2015- La Luz Del Mundo- 1222 Rhode Island Ave NE Washington, D.C.
If you have any questions in regards to OLA’s Monthly Fresh Food Distribution you can call 202-671-2825 or contact who is in charge of the food distribution. Nutrition and Health Resources Healthy Recipes Chili Con Carne Basic recipe adapted from “ Healthy Eating Makes a Difference” by Sheila Murphy, RD This makes a mild chili. Complete this meal with brown rice. Freezes well for 2-3 months. Makes 10 Servings Oil- 2 TBSP Garlic Cloves, crushed -2 Large Onion, chopped- 1 Carrots, Chopped- 3 Stalks of Celery, Chopped- 3 Green or red pepper , Chopped-1 Chilli powder- 2 TBSP Extra Lean Ground Beef- 1 LB Canned Tomatoes, Chopped- 56 OZ Red Kidney Beans- 19 OZ Low Fat Cheddar Cheese, grated- 1 Cup Method • In a large saucepan , heat oil over medium heat . Add garlic, onions, carrots, celery, pepper and ground beef with the chilli powder. Sauté until the beef is browned. • Add tomatoes and kidney beans. Simmer until carrots are tender ( about 30 minutes) • Serve with grated cheese on top. Variations: • For a vegetarian Chili, replace the beef with tofu • Quinoa or barley are grains with interesting textures that can be added for a healthy twist • If you use lean or regular ground beef you may not need to add oil or use the canola oil spray