This article will take you on a journey to discover what produce prescription is and why it could become the new “drug” doctors prescribe.
A program participant will go through an initial eligibility screening. The health professional will identify their food-related health risk. The participant’s diet is repeatedly supplemented with healthy food and nutrition, and cooking education and medical data are collected throughout the program and finally evaluated to determine the success of the program.
When test results show biometric improvement related to their individual health risk that was determined at the beginning of the program.
Produce prescription programs are incredibly beneficial medically to individuals in high health risk communities and financially to the local produce growers. It has been done in different ways with varying barriers and results. Unfortunately, location-based programs, or programs that require a participant to redeem a voucher at a market, are often inaccessible to a low-income community with limited transportation and child care assistance.
We believe the best program is mobile and connected. Take another look at diagram 2 above. Well Fed has already finalized a partnership with a local healthcare organization to create the FIRST on-site produce prescription program in Arkansas!
It is a sad fact that many rural communities do not have grocery stores with a sufficient produce aisle (Dollar Generals don’t count) and many individuals cannot maintain healthy diets. With a partnership with a local healthcare organization, we hope to empower participants to transform their diets and see measurable positive results!
We will simultaneously create valuable data for our Arkansan medical system to tangibly view the positive impact a produce prescription program has on their patients. Ultimately, we want to see as many produce prescription programs in Arkansas as there are in New England or the Midwest!
Our article is a synopsis of a larger, more detailed study done by the NPPC (National Produce Prescription Collective). Read more here.
“We are fortunate to work with many state and local organizations, growers, and grocers to impact communities in need.”