Joanne SmithI’ve had the pleasure of being the nutrition columnist for NEW MOBILITY for the past six years, and now it is time to wish you all a final bon appétit.

Over these years, I’ve covered a wide range of topics from digestive dysfunction to unbalanced sex hormones, and explained how specific nutrients, foods and supplements can address a multitude of health conditions in-between. I hope the material I have shared with you has provided a greater understanding of how important it is to eat well to help reduce the risk of developing many common disability-related secondary health complications, as well as helped demonstrate the powerful relationship between nutrition and optimal health.

In this, my last column, I’d like to leave you with the greatest lesson I have learned as a nutritionist and share some final food for thought.

I’ve had the incredible fortune of meeting and working with thousands of people who live with disabilities and/or work in the disability community across North America. Through all of my experiences, conversations and interactions with clients, consumers and health care providers, it never ceases to amaze me what a profound impact food has on everything we do, every day.

Food has the immense power to bring joy, give comfort, form connections, build relationships, spark conversation and creativity, set the rhythm of our days, be the center of celebration and, obviously, satiate our hunger. The connection between food and our identity is also deeply ingrained in our cultures an