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I’m hooked on healthy food and consider the side effects of many pharmaceuticals worse than the benefits. So when I read about this Detroit-based prescription service for fresh fruit and vegetables rather than drugs, I just had to share. I like that this program gets healthy produce to people who badly need it, from pregnant women to low-income folks with chronic diseases, to needy children.
The program reinforces food as medicine, rather than just relying on pharmaceuticals. Patients learn about the connection between what they eat and how they feel. The program also helps small and medium-sized farmers, keeping money within local economies.
This prescription service links the healthcare and food systems, a much-needed connection in this day and age when 60 million Americans struggle to put healthy food on the table. A sad fact: diet has now surpassed smoking as the number one cause of death and disease in the US, prompting one trillion dollars ($1,000,000,000) to be spent here each year on diet-related illness.
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