With "Healthy Food Prescriptions", Living Hungry helps patients control & reverse their Diabetes Type 2 . Clients receive referrals from local doctors & community clinics. Witness the transformational power of restaurant-quality groceries, digital health monitoring, education & love. CLIENTS WANTED for NOV 2 & 3
The Healthy Food Prescriptions Program uses food-as-medicine to treat uncontrolled diabetes in food-insecure households with at least one member who is struggling to manage their disease. The goal is to implement an intervention which can reverse diabetes and empower patients to maximize the health of their family through lifestyle and behavior changes, healthy eating habits, and fresh, medically tailored foods.
Dr. Mozaffarian, Dean of Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Living Hungry share the vision of using food-as-medicine to improve patient care for diet related, chronic disease. This program has been built combining best practices of previous food-as-medicine pilots around the U.S., including the pilot operated by Living Hungry last year, to create the best possible intervention for low-income, diabetic patients. Through evaluation of the program with Tufts University, we hope to show this model could be used to advance Food-is-Medicine policies in the U.S. In acknowledging this opportunity, Living Hungry’s Founder, Maura Plante designed the Healthy Food Prescription (HFP) Program protocol by adopting the findings of Dr. Yujin Lee’s microsimulation study using healthy food incentives to evaluate the cost effectiveness of improving diet and health in Medicare and Medicaid.4 The HFP protocol is also informed by the findings of Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian and Dr. Renata Micha’s meta-analysis on the etiologic effects and optimal intakes of foods and nutrients for risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes published in April, 2017. 5 We used the results of these studies to help guide the type of foods offered in our program to maximize health outcomes
The Healthy Foods Prescription program is updated in 2021 to be a nutrition & supplements therapy intervention rooted in research. In 2021 we will expand the program to include Thorne HealthTech’s blood, saliva and gut biome lab testing from home along with free vitamins and supplements identified as missing in the client’s panel of results. Another upgrade, The Pelican Club will be the event venue and host for our series of biweekly events for the food insecure clients. The spa-like atmosphere and client service focus will support our clients as they change habits and learn to control their diabetes using food as medicine.
The Healthy Foods Prescription program 2021, is a sponsored program of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. Funding allocations include food, events, cooking classes, evaluations, and client biomarker screenings. Tufts University will sponsor and conduct the research evaluation. University of Florida IFAS will sponsor the nutrition education. Thorne HealthTech will sponsor pre- and post- weight management lab tests and gut biome tests, supplying vitamins and supplements therapy personalized to each client’s lab results. The Lessings will sponsor event venue and staffing with the Pelican Club in Jupiter.
In 2021-2022, we will launch the Healthy Food Prescription program in a community collaborative with 21 partners contributing. The 20 partners include Living Hungry, The Health Care District of Palm Beach County, , Thorne HealthTech, Pelican Club, Lessings, Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Sysco SEFL, UFL EFNEP Program, NOVA SE University, Public Health Interns, Diabetes Coalition , RISE, Healthier Jupiter, C. L. Brumback Clinic Jupiter, FAU Clinics - Westgate & West Palm Beach, FoundCare, Jupiter Medical Center Inpatient, American Heart Association, PBA Volunteer Nurse Corps, PBSC Hispanic Nurses, FAU, FFL Dept of Health Dietetic Interns, Silver Beach Productions.
1. Food insecurity abated 2. Diabetes under control using food 3. Fewer ER & Hospital stays with cost savings. The “Healthy Food Prescriptions” are expected to yield improved health outcomes, better quality of life outcomes, lower cost of care, and reduced hospitalizations for the high risk, high need, and high-cost population which we will measure and evaluate.
A1C’s, BMI/Weight, LDL/Lipids, Diet surveys, Biomarkers from Thorne HealthTech Weight Management test and Gut Biome tests, self-reported hospitalizations and E.R. visits, food insecurity, behavioral, habit and attitudinal data.
Clients are screened to qualify for the Healthy Foods Prescription program by:
1. Test positive for Food Insecurity with 2 question screener.
2. Blood test with A1C above 7.5. (Higher A1C’s prioritized as suffer higher risks.)
3. Clients must be Palm Beach County residents.
Client referral period opens November 2, November 3, November 10th.
• “Welcome Sheet” Client receives flyer about the HFP program
• Clinic can offer appointment at 3 Screening Events (15 minute appointments)
• Clinic staff fill in Referral Form with A1C for potential client candidates, email Maura@LivingHungry.org
• Referral Form with A1C will be received from client on Day 1 of their program
Healthy Food Prescriptions is a Sponsored Program of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County.
We believe food has the power to pull Americans back from the inexorable track of the progressive disease of diabetes with the high risk of stroke, heart attack and early death. The burden of diabetes on Floridians is overwhelming. This is why Living Hungry CEO, Maura Plante launched the Healthy Food Prescriptions 2021 Program to use food-as-medicine to help her clients with uncontrolled diabetes in food-insecure households to stop struggling and finally learn how to to manage their disease and live well.