Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program


2017 Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program

The Shape Up North Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program is modeled after the evidence based Washtenaw County Public Health Prescription for Health (PFH). Their program works closely with area clinics to build systematic support for healthy behavior changes and to create stronger partnerships between health care providers and the local food sector.

The 2017 Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program will provide education, goal setting and a fruit and vegetable prescription to qualified participants referred by the clinics and service organizations listed below.

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Adults in Grand Traverse County

Munson Family Practice     

Traverse Health Clinic


Children in Grand Traverse County

Traverse Area Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic

Northern Michigan Medicine and Pediatrics 

Kid's Creek Children's Clinic

Grand Traverse Children's Clinic



Adults in Benzie County

Benzie Area Christina Neighbors (BACN)    

Benzie Senior Resources   

Crystal Lake Clinic (Benzonia and Frankfort)    

Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital   


Participants referred into the program would go to their local participating farmers market to check in for cooking demonstrations, nutritional education, tips and tricks to eating healthy. The education is intended to help with selecting and preparing healthy foods purchased at the farmers market.

Once participants have completed the session, they will receive market coupons to purchase seedlings, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables. Coupon values vary based on program.  After being referred into the program, participants will receive a comprehensive packet outlining the program.


For more information please call Susi Worden at (231) 935-9345 or email at  


Results from the 2016 Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Pilot Program

Shape Up North recently completed its 2016 pilot program working with Munson Family Practice to implement the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services' (MDHHS) Prescription for Health Eating model.  This program connects adults and families with chronic disease who are patients at Munson Family Practice to fresh fruits and vegetables.  Eligible participants received prescriptions to redeem at the farmers market held at The Village at Grand Traverse (GT) Commons.  The goal was to increase fruit and vegetable intake.    

The pilot program had 200 referrals to the program who were identified by their provider as having a chronic disease. Participants attended up to 4 cooking demonstrations and nutritional education classes at the market and were eligible to receive up to $100 ( $25 per session) in coupons to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. 

      Below are some of the findings from the participants’ self-reported data in our final evaluation:

  • Participants attended an average of 4.82 educational sessions.
  • They felt healthier and a statistically significant amount of participants improved their overall health rating to very good.
  • 53% of participants had cut or skipped meals because there was not enough money for food.
  • The average daily fruit and vegetable consumption increased by almost one cup.
  • Participants reported they feel motivated to continue to eat fruits and vegetables daily.