“Food is Medicine” Virtual Meet-Up

Reduce Your Healthcare Costs through Food

Join the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network for a FREE virtual Meet-Up via zoom on Wednesday, May 11th at 1 PM (Central) to explore the concept of “Food is Medicine”

Learn from experts in the field of medicine, nutrition and programming that helps reduce healthcare costs through our food sources. Guest speakers include Dr. Patrick Olson, Chandler Rosenberg from Plant Based Utah, Amanda Cummins from FARMacy West Virginia, and Brian Carroll, Dietetics Internship Director at the University of Tennessee at Martin and Local Food Network (LFN)  Board member.  Facilitating the conversation is Jacquie Jones, Founder of Healthy Marketing Solutions, who also serves on the LFN Board of Directors.

The term “food is medicine” is not an abstract metaphor or a clever slogan. “Food is medicine” is a simple fact. Yes, the phrase can be a helpful reminder, but a new landmark report shows that it’s also simply the truth—and it’s time we pay attention. We hope to prove through our guests that “food is medicine,” and that the first method of both treatment and prevention of chronic disease should be with a healthy diet. We’re here to learn from our guests, share ideas about why this is important, and discuss how to increase access to fresh, healthy foods for all.

Having limited food resources leads to poor nutrition and to diet-related chronic disease. Chronic disease accounts for 86% of U.S. health care costs. Food prescription programs offer a way to increase access to fresh and healthy nonperishable food while reducing food insecurity.

Produce Prescription Programs (PPP) bring together community members, physicians, clinics, and local farmers to address the need through an organized plan. The goal of a PPP is to introduce and expand on the concept of Food as Medicine for patients. By implementing a PPP in your area, low-income community members can get access to healthy food, and also increase their personal health. This program works to further create a culture of health and wellness in a community through education about nutrition and health, and access to healthy, fresh food.

Join us on Wednesday, May 11th at 1pm (Central) as we explore this interesting topic as part of the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network’s #GrowFoodChallenge. Learn more and access zoom meeting information below.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022: 12 Noon (mountain), 1pm (central), 2 pm (eastern)

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