Visits to the farmer’s market could soon replace trips to the pharmacy for some patients.
Elmhurst Hospital is the latest city hospital to adopt the Wholesome Wave Fruit and Vegetable Prescription program targeted to overweight or obese children.
Doctors write fruit and vegetable “prescriptions” for their young patients. The writeups are then turned into so-called Health Bucks at certain greenmarkets.
Health and Hospitals Corporation officials said the average prescription translates into $14 of food for a family of four.