Doctors prescribe fruits, vegetables to patients

Doctors prescribe fruits, vegetables to patients

POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 8:11am

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 6:00pm

We know we have to eat fruits and vegetables. But now, doctors are ordering you eat them with a prescription. Doctors in several states including in Texas are taking part in the program.

Even though doctors aren't doing it in El Paso, Sierra Providence Health Network said we could be there soon.
Some doctors across the country were prescribing fruit and vegetables to patients. Then, patients exchange them for a discount on fresh produce at farmer's markets.

Local Registered Dietitian Franco Lopez said the program could really make a difference.

"I think people take a different approach… actually having a prescription and the doctors specifically tell them this amount of vegetables or fruits that you have to eat. Maybe it will have a different impact from what we've tried in the past," said Lopez.

Patients must qualify financially, and also get nutrition counseling.

But to prevent the doctor from writing you a prescription, there are some things you can do every day at the dinner table to live a healthier lifestyle.

"Try to have half your plate full of fruits and vegetables, a quarter whole grains and the other quarter your protein," said Lopez.

Also, you should have a serving of dairy.

Franco said eating healthy can reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and other serious health problems.
For more information, Sierra Providence Health Network is hosting a free seminar on "Healthy Meals and a Healthy Heart." It will be at Sierra Medical Center in Central El Paso on Wednesday, August 21 at 6 p.m. For more information please call: (915) 577-SPHN (7746)

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