” Doctors Write A Prescription For Fresh Produce “


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Doctors write a prescription for fresh produce

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Bad cholesterol, depression, high blood pressure; these are all conditions that often prompt a trip to the pharmacy. But now, physicians are administering a different treatment entirely: produce. Doctors at select clinics across the country are writing some obese patients “prescriptions” for fruits and vegetables.
The Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program provides daily $1 subsidies to buy produce at local farmers markets. FVRx, as it is also known, is funded throughWholesome Wave, a non-profit organization which operates from private donations. Each member of a family gets the $1 prescription so, for example, a family of five would end up getting $35 per week to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables.
Janet Lopez is a cashier at a sporting goods store and lives in Washington, D.C. with her two children, brother and mother. She and her family are part of the Unity Health Care clinic’s prescription program and have been buying the subsidized produce since May. She said they all have been eating more fruits and vegetables because of the program.
“It is an encouragement because now I actually see that my kids love all of this stuff and before I couldn’t get it because it wasn’t cheap. Not only that but I also didn’t know how healthy it actually is,” Lopez said.
In addition to subsidies, FVRx has patients meet with their physicians to check up on their health including their height, weight, blood pressure and body mass index. The program also offers exercise and cooking classes.
“A lot of kids are picking up on how to eat vegetables and realizing they’re not actually yucky, it’s actually, ‘Oh, it’s delicious,’ because they’re learning to cook it themselves,” Lopez said.
And organizers said they use this family oriented approach because even if the whole family isn’t obese, they don’t want one member of the family eating fruits and vegetables while the rest just keep eating junk.

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” 10 Festivals that Celebrate Local Produce “

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Whether you’re looking to support local communities, broaden your cultural horizons,
or simply soak up the party atmosphere, there are hundreds of local festivals that offer
an entertaining insight into your travel destination.

From sampling witchetty grubs at New Zealand’s Wildfood Festival to mud sliding in
South Korea or munching on oyster tacos to celebrate the Californian oyster harvest,
these 10 festivals are some of the world’s most unique celebrations of local produce.

1. Wildfoods Festival, New Zealand

Fancy munching on worm truffles or slurping some chocolate-coated Huhu beetles?
Hokitika’s world-famous Wildfoods Festival is not just about forcing the weird and
wonderful onto camera-wielding tourists, it’s an important celebration of New Zealand
culture and pays homage to some of the historic foodstuffs once consumed by the island’s
inhabitants (with a creative twist, of course). There are few things not on offer here,
and culinary adventurers can line their guts with all number of bizarre delicacies from
lamb’s testicles and sheep’s brains to roasted earthworms or wasp larvae ice cream.
Wash it all down with a cup of Gorse Flower wine or Stallion’s Semen (yes, really).
For the less daring, try a whitebait patty – a regional favorite – or opt for more appealing
offerings like wild pork or whiskey sausages.

Held in March each year on the South Island’s west coast, the Wildfoods Festival draws in
some 15,000 visitors to the small town, offering an unbeatable opportunity for local
businesses to present their creations to an international audience. For best results bring
your camera, a few try-anything mates, and an empty stomach.

For 9 more festivals, click HERE