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The Food-as-Medicine Movement

The Food-as-Medicine Movement

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Last Published: 12/10/2018

The Food-as-Medicine Movement

The idea that nutritious food is good medicine has been around for decades, but now, doctors are making food a formal part of treatment.

 

By making formal prescriptions to their patients to “eat this, not that” more of specific foods, such as substituting blueberry and banana smoothies for breakfast instead of a sugary cereal, doctors are hoping to limit or reverse certain diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

California recently launched the Food is Medicine pilot program aimed at keeping chronically ill individuals out of the hospital. The $6 million project will be used over a three-year pilot project period supporting a Food Is Medicine Coalition of non-profit food and nutrition service providers. The funds will target chronically ill Medi-Cal patients who suffer from congestive heart failure, cancer, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or renal disease. The program is being funded by the state and provides patients with two medically-tailored meals and a breakfast snack bag each day. The goal is for Food is Medicine to partner with hospitals and impact the industry in the coming years.

Tag line: Entegra Procurement Services regularly publishes blog posts on food trends and innovations in food services. Entegra is more than a group purchasing organization (GPO): Our team of procurement specialists implement strategic sourcing to bring the most value to your business. We help our clients, in many segments ranging from the healthcare supply chain to restaurant supply, to cut costs and consolidate their portfolios.

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