Providers in the Penn State Health System in Central Pennsylvania will be able to prescribe a weekly box of fresh and locally grown produce to patients identified as either at-risk for chronic disease or food insecurity through a new innovative program called Penn State ProduceRx.
A better understanding of the epigenetic mechanisms involved in metabolism may inform our ability to affect health outcomes with early nutritional interventions, creating a new interface for disease prevention and public health intervention with the next generation.
The patients at the WCCC are uninsured, and they often work multiple jobs, with long hours and low wages. In some ways, they’re not so different than medical students when it comes to budgeting their time and money for food, and their concerns are shared by many.
We are a diverse group of volunteer medical students who seek to create a collaborative platform through which to explore the impact of nutrition on public health and our roles as future physicians.
The Palate, interviewed Meghan Bhatia and Monica Mullin, second year students at Queen’s University School of Medicine in Ontario, Canada. Meghan and Monica, who both interested in nutrition and student wellness, created a cookbook of student recipes during Queen’s Wellness Month.
Physicians can prescribe coupons that are redeemable for free or reduced fresh produce either directly in their clinic or through partnerships with retailers or farmers markets.
As physicians we promote eating unprocessed, fresh fruits and vegetables, we need to work with the food industry to ensure that minimally processed products are safe for consumers.
We are beginning to understand that certain highly processed foods can lead to disease, but what is the best method of confronting these foods in our hospitals?
In February 2016, a study published in Pediatrics noted a beneficial effect of dietary fiber on reducing the risk of breast cancer, particularly if fiber intake was high during the adolescent period. While this study might not have told us exactly how much fiber we should consume to reduce disease risk, it highlighted an important...