We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Martin Cathrae via Flickr
five a day

US doctors write prescriptions for vegetables

A non profit organisation in the US offers €1 dollar per day prescriptions to low income families so they can afford to buy their five a day.

DOCTORS AT SELECT clinics across American are writing patients prescriptions for fruit and vegetables.

Wholesome Wave, a non profit health food initiative in the US runs a ‘Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program’ through clinics and community centres offering $1 per day ‘prescriptions’ to subsidise the cost for families to eat more healthy food, CNN reports.

Families can use their prescriptions to buy produce at local farmers markets.

Spread across seven states, the program operates from private donations and targets areas where fresh produce may not always be available or is too expensive for families.

Each family member gets the $1 prescription so a family of five could receive up to $35 a week to spend on ensuring they get their five a day.

Wholesome Wave has patients meet with their doctors regularly to check their health including weight, blood pressure and body mass index. The program also offers classes in healthy cooking and exercise.

Testimonials on the Wholesome Wave website from health and nutrition centres praised the program for making eating healthy more economically viable for average families.

“Some of them had never eaten fresh fruits and vegetables before at all or very little and at least two others loved eating fresh fruits and vegetables but were no longer buying them because they couldn’t afford to,” said Sherie Blumenthal of St. Mary’s Nutrition Center in Maine.

CEO of Wholesome Wave Michael Nischan told CNN the program ultimately produces a saving for the healthcare system as well because if people are eating more healthily they are less likely to suffer from chronic conditions.

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.