Wholesome Wave Prescribes New Fresh Produce Health-Care Program

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It has been said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what if doctors actually prescribed fresh fruits and vegetables to sick patients?

The Wholesome Wave Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to increase production of and access to fresh, locally grown food, is heading to the doctor’s office with the program “Rx for Vegetables.”

In an effort to contain rising health care costs, this program encourages doctors to write prescriptions for fruits and vegetables. If the program gets off the ground, the prescriptions could be exchanged at local farmers’ markets for a week’s worth of fresh produce.

Wholesome Wave also offers a Double Value Coupon Program, which allows people to double the value of their federal food stamps when they used them at participating farmer’s markets.

To learn more about these programs and about the Wholesome Wave Foundation, visit the organization’s website.

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