Imagine walking into a grocery store and not having to rely on Google to answer your health and nutrition questions. Picture this instead… A doctor, white cloak and all, addressing your concerns in the middle of aisle 6, even pitching in with suggestions for your personal health.
That’s exactly what’s going on in parts of California, where food-as-medicine initiatives are becoming a hot trend.
“Shop With Your Doc” is sponsored by the Mary And Dick Allen Diabetes Center, but it isn’t the only program making headlines. Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital has developed a Therapeutic Food Pantry, where foods are prescribed to patients based on their illness; and Loma Linda University’s School of medicine has started specialized Lifestyle Medicine training for resident physicians.
The end goal is to use food as a way to prevent serious illnesses like cancer, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. The prescription: more healthy dietary choices and less processed food, sugar and salt.
Here’s hoping the rest of the country catches up… Soon!
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