NYC To Offer Fruit & Vegetable Prescriptions

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New York City officials announced recently that they are starting a pilot program where doctors will prescribe fruit and vegetables to patients struggling with obesity. This is a part of an ongoing national study called FVRx (Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program). The program will target low-income, high-risk patients  and it will be implemented in two hospitals: Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx and Harlem Hospital. 

140 patients will be enrolled and monitored in the pilot program in NYC for four months. The patients will be given $2 coupons, "Health Bucks" that they can use at any of the 142 farmers markets in the city. There are markets on site at both hospitals. 
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So far FVRx has been tested in eight states, including California and Texas with positive results. 

Via Gothamist

(Images: Cambria BoldDaily News)

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