Good nutrition is critical for a person’s health and general wellbeing. Studies have shown increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. At the Heart Association, we are working on a few programs that help people in need gain access to more fruit and vegetable. Fruit and vegetable prescription (FVP) program and the double-up Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) for fruit and vegetables can help people eat more healthy produce and increase the quality of their diet.
Research has shown that targeting those, who can benefit the most from these programs, will reduce food insecurity and increase access to healthy foods to help residents meet their full potential. When folks are given incentives to buy fruits and vegetables they continue to purchase and eat most of those items even after the incentive program ended. In addition, the local economy is bolstered because the local farmers can sell more of their produce to their neighbors.
Funding Double Up and FVP program will encourage increased purchase and consumption of fruits and vegetables for those who qualify will help improve the nutrition of our residents whose health care needs are covered through the Medicaid or CHIP program, or those who are uninsured. The American Heart Association strongly supports communities investing in a Produce Prescription Program and Double Up Bucks for low-income city residents.
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