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New York Patients receive Fruit and Veggie Prescriptions

 

Thomas Farley, city health commissioner, holds up one of the coupons that doctors can “prescribe” to encourage patients to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Thomas Farley, city health commissioner, holds up one of the coupons that doctors can “prescribe” to encourage patients to eat more fruits and vegetables.

It’s no secret that most Americans do not eat nearly enough fruits and vegetables. This problem is especially acute in lower income groups. The growing obesity problem is also no secret, with one third of Americans now qualifying as overweight and another one third as obese. It’s here, as with other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, that plant foods form a very powerful part of the solution. In fact, vegetarians have a 45% decreased risk of being overweight or obese, and vegans are, on average, 30 pounds thinner than meat eaters with a rather desirable BMI of only about 23. This dietary advantage is especially true of those consuming unprocessed plant foods and produce to be found at farmers’ markets. Read more