Please pass the kale!
Researchers at Tufts University argue in a new study that “prescriptions” for healthy foods could save more than $100 billion in healthcare costs.
Roughly 70 percent of diseases in the U.S. are chronic and lifestyle-driven, according to the CDC, and nearly half of the population has one or more chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, obesity or cancer
These conditions cost a lot of money. In fact, 86 percent of annual healthcare costs in the U.S. are driven by chronic diseases. Meanwhile, U.S. healthcare expenditures tripled in the last 50 years, from 5% of gross domestic product in 1960 to 17.9% in 2016, according to the CDC. Wow.
Food as medicine has been advocated across the healthcare and wellness industries. Last year, the 2018 Farm Bill included a $25 million Produce Prescription Program to fund pilot projects that institute healthier foods.
“If pilot studies are implemented and work, there’s a very real chance you could in the near future go to the doctor, a doctor could write a prescription for food, and an insurance company will pay for
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“Prescribing” fruits and veggies would save $100 billion in medical costs