“Food as Medicine” Part Three: Successful Models in Chicago and Nationwide

Groundbreaking “Food as Medicine” programs in Chicago and across the United States have set examples for future “Food as Medicine” programs to follow.

In Part Two of our Food as Medicine series, we examined the socioeconomic data underpinning the emergence of Food as Medicine as a solution strategy. Now we’ll take a look at a handful of the various Food as Medicine program models currently tackling the hunger-health nexus.

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“Food as Medicine” Part Two: Key Stats in Cook County and Nationwide

Data in Chicago and nationwide illustrates the vicious hunger-health cycle and provides clues for how we can intervene.

Hunger, health, and socioeconomic condition are linked in a mutually-reinforcing feedback loop. In Part One of our “Food as Medicine” series, we explored the theoretical feedback loop connecting food insecurity, socioeconomic condition, and health.

A number of health and socioeconomic studies have found strong correlations between food insecurity and increased health risks. In the second entry of our “Food as Medicine” series, we’ll look at how data in Chicago and nationwide illustrates this vicious cycle and provides clues for how we can—and should—intervene.

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“Food as Medicine” Part One: Intro and Theory

Hunger, health, and socioeconomic condition are linked in a mutually-reinforcing feedback loop. This relationship suggests the need for comprehensive, cooperative health and hunger interventions.

Introduction

A number of studies have found strong correlations between food insecurity and increased health risks.[1] Hunger, health, and socioeconomic condition are linked in a mutually-reinforcing feedback loop.

This relationship suggests the need for comprehensive, cooperative health and hunger interventions. Anti-hunger programs and health service providers can enhance client/patient well-being by adopting a “food as medicine” mentality.

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