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Published on September 16, 2015

Doctors Write Prescriptions for Vegetables

Science tells us that sweet potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage and other fresh fruits and vegetables are the prescription to good health. At Cone Health, they take that literally. Doctors at select Cone Health Medical Group practices are giving their patients “prescriptions” for vegetables.

The “doctor’s orders” are actually $5 off coupons for use at Mobile Oasis Farmers Markets. “This is about prevention and good health habits,” says Cone Health Center for Children Medical Director Martha Perry, MD. “People who include several servings of fruits and vegetable in their daily diet are healthier than those who don’t. We hope these prescriptions encourage our patients to add fruits and vegetables to their family’s meals.”

 Guilford County ranks first in the nation in the number of people reporting food insecurity (2014 Poll by Gallup/Food Research and Action Center). There are 17 “food deserts” in Greensboro and 24 in Guilford County. Food deserts are urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. Hunger and a poor diet can impede the physical, emotional and intellectual growth of children, contribute to the incidence of asthma in youth and exacerbate chronic illness in adults.

 “It is very important for our community to move from having enough to eat to having enough nutritious food to eat,” says United Way of Greater Greensboro President and CEO Michelle Gethers-Clark. “A life filled with nutritious food means very productive lives for our children, adults and seniors. The Mobile Oasis Farmers Markets can help people get on the path to better health and richer lives.”

The Mobile Oasis Farmers Markets project is a joint effort between Cone Health, the United Way and many other community partners. (See boilerplate for list.) Many people don’t realize that a Mobile Oasis Farmers Markets is probably close to where they live or work. Mobile Oasis Farmers Markets offer a variety of produce (local and non-locally grown) and customers at each location receive promotional items such as a reusable shopping bag or a healthy cookbook and health education information.  And on top of competitive prices, the farmer’s markets accept Electronic Benefits Transfer as payment.

The prescriptions are good at all Mobile Oasis Farmers Markets

Guilford County Department of Social Services Building
325 E. Russell Street, High Point

Mondays 1- 3 p.m.

Morehead Recreation Center
101 Price Street, High Point

Mondays 4:30- 6:30 p.m.

Dept. of Social Services Building
1203 Maple Street, Greensboro

Wednesdays 8:30- 11 a.m.

Warnersville Recreation Center
601 Doak Street, Greensboro

Wednesdays 4:30- 6:30 p.m.

Cone Health
Parking lot at Wendover Ave. and Cherry St., Greensboro

Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The markets will be open through November. The City of Greensboro has declared September as “Hunger Action Month.”

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