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Produce prescription programmes: A path to healthier communities through diet

Produce prescription programmes are gaining traction in the U.S. as a means to combat health issues like heart problems and obesity-related diseases through diet alone. These initiatives provide free bundles of fruits and vegetables to participants, aiming to improve their overall health and reduce their reliance on medication. Recent studies have shown promising results, with participants experiencing lowered cholesterol levels and increased physical activity. Additionally, these programmes address food insecurity by providing access to nutritious foods for those in need. With growing support from health professionals and policymakers, produce prescription programmes are emerging as a complementary part of clinical care, potentially leading to significant improvements in public health outcomes and healthcare cost savings.

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