Good Food News - Food As Medicine
The New York Times reports: The Ceres Community Project is now participating in an ambitious, state-funded study to test whether providing daily nutritious meals to chronically ill, low-income people on Medi-Cal — California’s version of the Medicaid program — will affect their prognosis and treatment, or the cost of their medical care. One of the outcomes of the study is they found that the cost of feeding the participants costs less than half the $2,774 cost per day of a stay at a California hospital.
Dr. Hilary K. Seligman, an associate professor of medicine at U.C.S.F. who will participate in the study, noted that “the critical epidemics of our day — obesity and diabetes — are diet related.” The medical profession, she said, “accepts the most expensive procedures and medications without batting an eyelash. But with food, we have to prove it’s inexpensive to be accepted.”
These are medically tailored meals for folks who often are too sick to choose better nutrition or economically disadvantaged enough to have to weigh paying rent against eating to keep up their health.
Food as medicine gets to the very basics of our health care in a very nurturing way.