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Food Bank News: Food Bank Seeks to Make Business Case for Food as Medicine
Limited access to food and nutrition can make it difficult to eat the recommended diet that is high in protein, fruits, and vegetables and low in fat and carbohydrates. People experiencing food insecurity may also have limited resources making maintenance medications for diabetes unaffordable. Additionally, engaging in regular physical activity can be challenging given the stress associated with food insecurity and lack of safe recreational spaces.
Vox: Why food and housing assistance is essential for improving America’s health
Social determinants are a bedrock of public health theory, but US politicians don’t always talk about food assistance, financial aid, or other welfare programs as part of their strategy to improve the nation’s health. Even so, the two spheres are inextricably linked. That knowledge is starting to permeate more of the policy debate, as the health care industry itself signals that addressing structural contributors to people’s health is necessary to improve the long-term trends described above.
Find Journal Articles and Recent Publications
BMJ: Food is Medicine: Actions to Integrate Food and Nutrition into HealthcareBMJ, 2020
JAMA: Association Between Receipt of a Medically Tailored Meal Program and Health Care UseJAMA, 2019
Feeding America’s The Healthcare Costs of Food InsecurityFeeding America Research
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