Fruit and Vegetable Prescription® (FVRx®) Program

Remember the saying  “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”?

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For some families, a low income and lack of easy access or transportation to farmers markets keeps healthy food like apples out of reach. Access to nutritionally sound foods is integral to your overall health and increased access has been shown to help decrease obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and stroke.

The Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program promotes affordable access to fruits and vegetables and healthy eating in under-served communities through partnerships with healthcare providers, community organizations and fresh produce retailers. Through the program, healthcare providers give families innovative prescriptions that can be spent on fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets.

 

How Does the Program Work?

The FVRx Program is a proven evidence-based model of preventative healthcare with a demonstrated impact, resulting in healthier communities, food systems, and local economies. Click here to read more about the impact of the program in our annual FVRx Program evaluation reports.

Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program Partners

Harrisburg family health care clinic

www.mjstluke.com

 

morehouse school of medicine

www.morehousehealthcare.com

 

Athens nurses clinic

www.athensnursesclinic.org

 

good samaritan health center atlanta

www.goodsamatlanta.org

 

grady hospital

www.gradyhealth.org

 

“I did not realize how little we were eating of fresh fruits and veggies. We always bypassed most of them because they were more expensive than the canned ones. But for the last 2 weeks we have had at least 4 servings a day with the variety of things we’ve gotten” -FVRx Participant
“I was always big on prescribing cheap prescriptions to my patients. I had never thought about prescribing food. My patients were not going to the farmers markets, they were buying the 4 for $4 at Wendy’s. I saw the endless cycle of health problems created by food and what my patients were eating. Food affects everything, it affects my patient’s lives in so many ways. The program completely changed the way I prescribed medicine. Now I prescribe food.” -FVRx Provider