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.
So far FVRx has been tested in eight states, including California and Texas with positive results.
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