Debby S Martins
Vancouver. I work as a dietitian with children with a complex chronic disease. Every day, I’m surrounded by families on welfare, families who can’t work because they’re the only ones trained to care for their child. As their dietitian, I worry about their nutrition, but not infrequently do I worry that their parents aren’t eating enough. Proper nutrition is crucial to the child’s recovery, but with limited resources, the financial burden of certain treatments, of repeated and prolonged hospitalizations, of traveling for regular clinic visits, often puts healthy food near the bottom of the priority list. I’m taking the challenge to be a better human, a better dietitian, a better advocate. I’m taking the challenge in the hopes that, soon, nobody will have to worry about where their next meal will come from!