Hold on to your hats, folks! There’s a new prescription in town. And it’s not something your pharmacist can fill.
If you know anything about me, you know I’m a big fan of food as medicine.
A balanced, healthy diet chock full of whole, fresh foods and as little processed boxed stuff as you can manage is the best way to take charge of your own health.
And, if you’re at all health conscious, you probably agree with me. This is second nature to those of us who have been living this way for a while.
But the truth is, we’re still a small group vs. most people who aren’t as educated when it comes to nutrition.
It’s also no surprise that those who don’t have the skinny on food and its power to heal also seem to be up against the biggest health challenges.
Enter Medicaid. Wait, I can hear you saying… Medicaid?
That’s right. Our nation’s biggest senior health care provider is piloting projects in select areas that provide balanced, healthy meals to seniors who are ill.
And it’s not just Medicaid. Aetna and Kaiser are getting involved, along with a range of smaller insurers.
These patients are getting meals tailored for their nutritional needs. The meals are geared to helping them fight their diabetes, heart disease, kidney and liver disease, and more.
This is turning the “take five pills a day and call me next month” model on its head.
Instead of opting for fast food or processed take-out and grocery store meals, patients are seeing exactly what a balanced, healthy meal looks like. Three times a day, and for months.
The biggest benefit here is that it shows them in their own bodies the healing power of food. They don’t just hear about the benefits of eating well—they feel them and see them firsthand.
Now, this is real power in action.
Lead a man to the grocery store and he might get overwhelmed. But bring him a meal prepared from whole food ingredients in that store, and he just might get inspired.
So far, the results of these pilot food programs have been really positive.
Hospital and ER visits down.
Health care spending slashed.
Chronically ill people finally getting a handle on their blood sugar and other conditions.
There’s still a way to go with these pilot programs. Leaders want to see patients being taught to prepare their own healthy meals. The overall goal is for access to nutritional info and food to become more commonplace.
But it’s more than encouraging to see our health insurance giants starting to take an active part in prescribing health food.
This could be a real game changer. It might even change the face of health care in this country for good.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance