Doctors Prescribing Fruits And Vegetables
Take two bowls of fruit salad and call me in the morning! Doctors at select clinics across the country are writing some obese patients “prescriptions” for fruits and vegetables.
According to The Chicago Tribune The Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program provides daily $1 subsidies to buy produce at local farmers markets. The program is funded through Wholesome Wave, a nonprofit organization which operates from private donations. Each member of a family gets the $1 prescription.
It goes on further to explain that the patients meet with their physicians to check up on their health including their height, weight, blood pressure and body mass index. The program also offers exercise and cooking classes.
The program exists at twelve sites in seven states and the District of Columbia. It started in 2010 and has already helped over 1,000 people buy healthier food.