Prescribing Food as Medicine
This program provides free fresh fruits and vegetables every two weeks for a full year plus lifestyle, cooking and nutrition classes for those who want help with their diabetes in the North Tulsa area.
$180,000 raised to feed 50 North Tulsans for free for an entire year plus cooking and nutrition classes on an iPad!
The program is based off of Philadelphia’s Fresh Food Farmacy and other similar pilot programs around the United States.
Tulsa FreshRx ‘Food is Medicine’ is designed for those with uncontrolled Type 2 Diabetes and its’ goal is to reduce their A1c by 1 to 2% within a year which would equate to $16,000 to $24,000 in healthcare cost savings per year per participant.
Tulsa FreshRx is sourcing local, organic, regenerative, and nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables for the participants while stimulating local economy and supporting local and small farmers.
Qualifications/Requirements for Program:
- Type 2 diabetes, high A1C level
- Attend health clinic visits at Crossover Health Services
- Watch cooking and nutrition classes
Possible Benefits of the Program:
- Lower A1C level
- Lose weight
- Learn how to cook
- Get person-centered care
- Lower blood pressure
- Social support
- Health coach
In the News:
We were pleased to support the launch of the Tulsa Fresh RX “Food Is Medicine” program this week! This program provides free fresh fruits & vegetables every 2 weeks for a full year plus lifestyle, cooking & nutrition classes for diabetics living in the North Tulsa area. pic.twitter.com/DDUItWOXs7— Ascension St. John (@StJohnHealthOK) April 8, 2021