A doctor’s prescription with a difference
Doctors in the USA have started writing prescriptions to improve people’s health – not for drugs, but for fruit and vegetables.
Food prescription programs recognise the vital role of diet in overall health, and are having an impact, especially on children dealing with food insecurity.
More than 11% of US households experienced food insecurity at some point in 2017, according to Dept of Agriculture research. Food prescription programs help these people gain access to healthier food, and the approach is now being used to motivate other groups.
Patients with health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity or heart disease may be more likely to change their diet if the advice comes in the form of a doctor’s prescription.
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