People Helping Each Other

A Prescription for Produce?

People Helping Each Other

Why hospitals are beginning to recommend the kind of remedy you can find at the farmer’s market.

By: Cassie Shortsleeve, Q by Equinox

The Mayo Clinic recently estimated that a staggering 70 percent of Americans are on prescription drugs. Which makes it especially nice to know that some docs have started scribbling a different kind of Rx on their note pads: one for fresh produce.

The Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program—which has launched in places like Lincoln Medical Center and Harlem Hospital Center in NYC and Unity Health Care/Upper Cardozo Health Center in D.C.—prescribes “Health Bucks” to be redeemed at local farmers’ markets. The goal is to reinforce the idea that “feeling better” can be as simple as eating better, explains Jennifer Cook, a clinical nutritionist involved in the program.

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