Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare systems in Houston and Salt Lake City will provide veterans with fresh fruit and vegetables as well as nutrition coaching to test whether produce prescriptions can improve the health of people with diet-related health conditions.
Data from pilot projects is already pouring in on the positive impact on health with food prescriptions and medically tailored meals. Now groups are gearing up to make the case for continued funds within the farm bill as well as tapping into the larger pool of health care dollars to change the trajectory of the nation’s declining health and increase the scale of food-as-medicine projects.
Congress faces a Friday deadline for keeping the government funded, while the Agriculture Department this week will announce a second round of projects that will test approaches to developing and marketing low-carbon commodities.
A $250 million research initiative on using food as medicine is among $8 billion in private-sector commitments being announced today in conjunction with the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.