Houston Nurse Uses His Education To Combat Childhood Obesity One Meal At A Time
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Being a nurse is about helping make people well, but it can also be about helping people lead healthy lives all year-long. Michael Alba uses his nursing experience to encourage kids to eat healthy at his WT Café.
What does your current job entail?
“Looking to make an impact on the growing childhood obesity epidemic in Houston and beyond, I debuted WT Café – the first and only kids’ food franchise in the U.S. – to the Houston area in August 2013. WT Café is the school lunch delivery service of Wholesome Tummies, who is now on a mission to make fresh, nutritious and exciting foods available to every child, everywhere, by introducing a Healthy School Solution to local schools. I love doing our part to help change the way children eat in school, while also providing parents with an affordable and time-saving, flexible program to offer nutritious lunch options for their kids.”
Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?
“Yes, absolutely. As a clinical nurse at a leading national cancer center and an ICU nurse at a major hospital in the Texas Medical Center for the past 12 years, I have seen the dire consequences of unhealthy eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle in my patients.”
Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?
“Put your heart into something that you are completely passionate about. If you are interested in changing the lives of the people in your community, become involved as much as you can, and try to find ways where you can spread the word about your business and the cause that you are working towards. For me, opening up my own WT Café franchise gave me the freedom to become a business owner in a field that I love, while still being able to work in the health care industry. I absolutely love that my new business venture is changing the lives of children in the area for the better, and I hope to continue to make a difference in Houston.”
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.