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NYC Doctors Can Now Prescribe Fruits and Vegetables

Lindsey Smith

Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx and Harlem Hospital in Upper Manhattan, are launching The Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) to help overweight children and their families access fresh fruits and vegetables in hopes of countering obesity. Doctors and nutritionists assess eating habits and prescribe produce as needed. Kids and their parents are given “Health Bucks” to use to purchase produce. This program will also enable at-risk patients to visit NY's 142 local Farmers Markets!

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  • Todd Jones

    I love this idea! More farm-acies, fewer pills. Health care professionals need all the help they can get when it comes to preventative heath care.

  • Stacia Nordin

    Fix the farm bill. Subsidize healthy foods instead of promoting the unhealthy ones. We'd see a change in our environment and people very very quickly. We keep supporting the unhealthy system with our politics and our own pocket money. Speak up people!

  • Kris Giere

    One of the big deterrents to eating healthy is the cost. Though I would like to find a better way than prescriptions to do this, I am glad that steps like these are being taken to promote the consumption of healthier food.