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USA: New York Hospitals Pilot Fruit and Veggie Prescriptions

USA: New York Hospitals Pilot Fruit and Veggie Prescriptions

Visits to the farmers’ market could soon replace trips to the pharmacy for some patients. Elmhurst Hospital is the latest city hospital in New York to adopt the Wholesome Wave Fruit and Vegetable Prescription program targeted to overweight or obese children. Doctors write fruit and vegetable “prescriptions” for their young patients. The write-ups are then turned into so-called Health Bucks at certain greenmarkets. Health and Hospitals Corporation officials said the average prescription translates into $14 of food for a family of four. “A prescription for healthy food at an affordable price can be even better than a prescription for medicine,” says Dr. Ram Raju, HHC president. During a pilot program at Harlem Hospital and Lincoln Medical Center, 40% of enrolled children lowered their body mass index. The program at Elmhurst aims to reach 400 children and family members.

(Source: nydailynews.com)