Fruit & Vegetable Rx 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.    

Th   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. 

 

B       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.

 

For the 2017 market season Shape Up North will be continuing our partnership with Munson family Practice and expanding to include patients at Traverse Health Clinic.

To learn more about the program, contact Amanda at awoods@mhc.net

This project has received funding through the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.