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Fruit and vegetable “prescriptions” can lead to better health, study finds

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!

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