Prescription for Health Makes a Positive Difference

Innovative local farm and food projects can help boost the impact on the local economy and health of residents. Check out this great example from the Washtenaw County Public Health Department.

Washtenaw County Food Policy Council

The Washtenaw County Public Health Department has completed and released the results of its two-year Prescription for Health Program and the news is very encouraging.

In a recent press release on April 4, 2013, Washtenaw County Public Health Department States:

With funding from the Kresge Foundation, Washtenaw County Public Health led a partnership of local health clinics and farmers’ markets. Participating health providers wrote “prescriptions” for their low-income patients to eat more fruits and vegetables. Patients redeemed their prescriptions at local farmers’ markets where they purchased fresh produce and consulted with Public Health’s registered dietitian. Each year of the two-year program, patients reported increasing their fruit and vegetable intake by nearly one cup per day from pre- to post-program.

“Prescription for Health is a great example of collaborative efforts producing positive outcomes,” says Richard Fleece, Health Officer. “Residents purchase fresh, healthy foods from local markets; clinics offer realistic options…

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