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Project Uses "Prescriptive Power" of Doctors to Promote Good Nutrition

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018   

BOISE, Idaho – A mission to get patients in clinics greater access to healthy food is expanding in Idaho.

The St. Luke's Community Health Improvement Fund is providing a grant to the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force to support the Food Is Medicine initiative.

Through a partnership with the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, the task force has introduced a two-step screen and intervene model to clinics, so they can more easily find people experiencing food insecurity and connect them with resources.

Kathy Gardner heads the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force.

"Part of the vision and the mission of this project is to utilize the prescriptive power of physicians to acknowledge the place that nutrition has in caring for our patients' whole being," Gardner explains.

She adds the initiative also is a way to promote fresh produce and community-supported agriculture.

The St. Luke's fund will bring more families into a prescription for fresh fruits and vegetables program this year.

Lajohnna Honey, a teacher in the West Ada School District, participated in the Food is Medicine pilot program. Honey has two children, one with autism and other medical issues that limit his diet, and says she was having a hard time buying fresh food.

Through the screen and intervene approach, a local clinic determined her family was in need of resources and arranged for it to have a basket of fresh produce each week.

Honey says she was touched at how concerned the clinic was about helping her family eat healthier.

"It's very humbling and heartwarming that they would take the time to, you know, go through the different surveys to make sure the kids are getting what they need, but not just them, the family as a whole," she states.

As Gardner puts it, people usually don't wake up with a high paying job, a car and health insurance, only to realize there's no food in the refrigerator.

She explains the initiative does more than provide access to food – it also helps with other necessities so people can afford healthy meals.

"Oftentimes, our project is successful in getting them other resources – such as low-income heating assistance or even diaper service, transportation – and it frees up money in the household to buy food," she says.


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