Fruit and vegetable “prescriptions” can lead to better health, study finds
A study reveals that “prescribing” fruits and vegetables to patients has a positive impact on their health. Vouchers for produce were given to over 3,800 people across 12 states.
Folks who took advantage of these “prescriptions” saw notable improvements in weight and blood pressure. It’s like Mother Nature herself became a doctor!
Participants came from diverse locations and were referred by clinics to a program called “Wholesome Live.” They got electronic cards to buy fruits and veggies, usually because they had issues like high blood pressure or obesity.
Most of these clinics targeted low-income communities suffering from food insecurity. Ah, a spoonful of financial help makes the medicine go down, or in this case, veggies!
While the study didn’t focus on cost-effectiveness, it hints at the possibility of scaling up such programs. Policymakers are keen on this, given the sky-high healthcare costs related to preventable diseases. It’s like the apple that keeps not just the doctor, but also the debt collector away!