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If this (food) is good enough for hospital patients (Terry Lake) it should be good enough for you and your fellow MLAs, while you’re at the legislature

Dear BC Health Minister Terry Lake ...

Why is it that Health Care workers, Doctors, Nurses and other professionals (including those 1000's in Health Authority management positions) can have actual meals (with foods that go together) in hospital cafeterias, while people who are sick get food served to them that in no way meets the Canada Health Guide nutrition standards? I guess the same should be asked … “Why prisoners in detention are fed better as well? Would it not be fair to have them all eat the same food as hospital patients have to endure?”

Having the amount and type of food recommended, and following the tips included, in Canada's Food Guide will help:

  • Meet your needs for vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. 
  • Reduce your risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes*, heart disease, certain types of cancer and osteoporosis. 
  • Contribute to your overall health and vitality.

*Diabetesheaven forbid if you get sick in a hospital, at least in Royal Inland Hospital (RIH), and have Diabetes.  Did you know that they are UNABLE to meet the dietary needs (the food they should have) for someone with Diabetes? This is a TRUE story because it was told to me directly by a Food Services worker.

Under the Canada's Food Guide heading of Make Wise Choices, a person could see how they would be able to say they do follow the guidelines, but only with the widest (wildest) interpretation of what is suggested --- NO RECOMMENDED!

Mmmm... a dollop of starchy white rice ...hard boiled eggs (very difficult to digest for someone spending long hours in a hospital bed) ...frozen mixed vegetables ...canned Campbell's mushroom soup made with water ... packaged Mac and cheese … over processed foods and additives.

I would think it should be good enough for all, if this food (?) is good enough for hospital patients, right Terry? Even good enough for you and your fellow MLAs, while you’re at the legislature?

Hmmm … somehow I think not.

In Kamloops, I’m Alan Forseth


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