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Fruit and veggie to the rescue

17 September 2016    Editorial    Food fruit veggie

In #NewYork, they are battling #obesity by introducing vegetables and fruit. Find out how.

Food as medicine

Implemented at two hospitals in 2013 – the Lincoln Medical Center and Harlem Hospital Center - The program Wholesome Wave’s Fruit and Vegetable Prescription in New York combines medical advice and counseling about healthy eating with the provision of resources that makes fresh fruit and vegetables affordable.

The results

The results have been positive, 40% of participants saw a decrease in their BMI, at least in part due to eating more fruit and vegetables. 70% of patients indicated that the knowledge about the importance of fruit and vegetables in their family’s diet had increased. 76% had a better idea of where to buy fresh, locally-sourced fruit and vegetables.

 

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