Pediatrics

In addition to writing prescriptions for antibiotics for ear infections, steroids for poison ivy, and inhalers for asthma attacks, etc., it is not that uncommon for pediatricians to write prescriptions to encourage kids to follow healthy habits.

In addition to writing prescriptions for antibiotics for ear infections, steroids for poison ivy, and inhalers for asthma attacks, etc., it is not that uncommon for pediatricians to write prescriptions to encourage kids to follow healthy habits.

In fact, the Let's Move! prescription for a healthier life program has been helping kids set healthy lifestyle goals for years. Pediatricians often give these healthy active living prescriptions to their kids to encourage them to:

eat more fruits and vegetables
watch less TV
get more exercise
reduce how many sugar-sweetened drinks they have each day
The Wholesome Wave Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program takes this idea a step forward - a big step forward.

In addition to a prescription to eat at least one serving of fruits or vegetables each day, eligible families receive nutrition advice and coupons that can be redeemed for fresh fruits and vegetables that are sold at a local farmers markets.

Since the program began, 55% of the people in the program reported eating more fruits and vegetables and almost 38% of kids had a decrease in their body mass index. Currently available at 12 sites in 7 states, it is the type of innovative program that should be studied more and which we will hopefully see more of.

Remember that eating healthier is its own reward though. A discount is a nice incentive, but don't wait for a program like this help your kids set healthy lifestyle goals. Start today.

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