27 Jun '12, 7pm

Can ‘veggie prescriptions’ really make people healthier?

Can ‘veggie prescriptions’ really make people healthier?

When it comes to the health of the nation, asparagus no expense. With all the talk of taxing and banning the foods (and sodas) that are bad for us, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that doing the opposite can work, too. In fact, subsidies for healthy foods can be very effective at changing eating habits. And we’re learning even more about how well this approach can work from an innovative program designed by the nonprofit Wholesome Wave called Fruit and Vegetable Rx . As the name might suggest, the program provides low-income people who don’t have much access to healthy food a doctor’s “prescription” plus vouchers that can be used to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. Jane Black reports for the Washington Post on Washington, D.C.’s pilot project version of the program run by local nonprofits in conjunction with a health clinic: On June 6, the clinic began writing “fruit an...

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