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Food Pharmacy Opens in California
By: Cindy Wendland
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Second Harvest Food Bank in California donates food to the Samaritan House Health Clinic where patients come with a prescription to buy food. It is the first of its kind in an effort to help low-income residents eat healthier. The Food Pharmacy is breaking ground in addressing an unmet need.

Many people are familiar with food banks and may even have donated from time to time. Familiarity with food banks may end there. What people need to know is that recipients are typically low-income families, and many of those families are afflicted with diseases such as diabetes. One in three families that are served by the food bank have diabetes, which is three times the national average.

An important lifestyle activity for those with diabetes is to eat appropriately. Many low-income families do not eat well, for a variety of reasons. First, good food is expensive. Second, they may not know how to select or prepare healthy food. Third, healthy food may not be accessible in their neighborhood. As a result, many low-income families find themselves having difficulty managing their diabetes.

This is where the food pharmacy comes in. A doctor will write a food prescription that allows a family to get food for free that is both healthy and appropriate to eat. It is an innovative approach that addresses the problem with a real-world solution.

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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