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Back to Sunday house call a new approach to getting kids Steve helping doctors are actually writing a prescription for fruits and vegetables New York City is just the latest to join the program which is.
Being seen at nationwide doctor -- you can bring a horse to water you can't make kids eat fruits and vegetables can you.
That's absolutely right and this is a program that's up for -- for children actually and for pregnant women it started back in 2011 it's an organization called wholesome wave.
Which is a nonprofit organization that gets together with local governments.
And raises money now here in New York it's the laureate fish illumination fund.
And they they have sites all around the country and they've actually found that by getting doctors to prescribe an specific diet.
With a nutritionist involved.
Fruits and vegetables of a certain kind per patient -- one on one thing is they've actually had a tremendous.
Positive result from this let's watch.
It addresses the needs.
It not only provides a prescription.
That it provides things that -- traditionally beyond traditional health care.
Very good nutrition and it gives people the way with holes to get that if they can't afford it.
We've seen that BMI is decreased for patients.
And 37% of patients.
We've also seen that 94%.
Of patients reported an increase -- fruit and vegetable consumption.
And also bad -- farmers reported an increase in revenue so.
We've really seen across the board that says their satisfaction there's improvement and the community level the farmer's market level -- on the patient's side as well.
The patients -- you get a voucher for two dollars or about a dollar per month for her family member and they go to the local.
Super Mario in the local growers right outside the hospital or clinic where they are.
And I spoke to doctor doctor -- up over at Lincoln hospital who works.
She's the head of the pediatric clinic and she works directly.
With the patients and their families and open it amazing that there's a 30% decrease in a way that these kids this is over two years but the early results look really well.
And you know what it's not what we usually think of with a prescription and it's what we do on the show a two week we've we've broadened my horizons what is a prescription we always think of -- -- medication.
In this case it's a change in diet.
Half of them.
Poor people in the Bronx -- no -- and vegetables in the day.
But in this program they've increased the amount of fruit and vegetables -- -- up to 90% so.
According to growers -- somebody supports jobs so -- well I don't like the fact that this program is fun.
Eating fruits and vegetables for kids is not a fun thing and we used to -- an apple a day keeps the doctors -- right now for some vegetables make you deduct as a way but I think it's a really good program.
It's fun it involves a nutritionist.
It also gives access to low income families which is sort of having all the fast from -- and all this so there's not a brings them on board to have some of this.
You have cooking classes.
And it's a dollar a day per family and he's gonna -- for four months and we hope I'm sure we're gonna see good results as a result -- -- -- we take this one step further though this year if you're eating pork and your from a poor family chances are you're not gonna perform well socially particularly in school.
One of the things that has happened is -- fact that we have a real epidemic obesity among our children and and when you think about obesity.
It's not a single disease it's not a heart disease and you take care of it it's a really a spectrum of everything it's a heart disease it's it's -- its high blood pressure it's diabetes.
And we need to practice down -- on because it's becoming a cultural problem and as mark mentioned.
About a third of our children are suffering from this and this is serious problems for you right.
It's cultural it's a great point and doctor Ross Wilson the medical record -- health and hospitals corporation told me they're gonna move on.
To exercise as well also -- with diet and exercise overall lifestyle -- And just so everyone knows that we try to practice with the -- Because this is right Kelly I -- be -- time during a break we're trying our best I hope you are two of 91 of those prescriptions would go you don't even -- -- about it.
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