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Michigan’s “Prescription for Health” is a Powerful Tool in the #Fight4Health

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is joining the #Fight4Health with a new program targeting patients with chronic diseases. The program will encourage and enable healthier choices with the goal of establishing habits that will not only lower health care costs but also increase productivity in the community. 
 
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports, “Doctors at Munson Medical Center soon will be doling out prescriptions for fruits and vegetables. Munson received nearly $50,000 from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for a program called Prescription for Health. The medical center was one of seven Michigan coalitions that received grants to implement Gov. Rick Snyder’s Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan.” 
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 40 percent of Michigan adults reported eating less than one fruit per day and nearly 25 percent reported eating less than one vegetable per day. This program aims to change that. 
 
The Record-Eagle explains, “Participants of the program will receive their ‘prescription’ for fruits and vegetables in the form of a $100 voucher to the Grand Traverse Commons Farmer’s Market, along with nutrition education.” 
 
It is programs like these that, if they were to happen across the country, would have a profound impact on the amount of money the United States spends on health care. With 86 cents of every health care dollar going to address chronic disease, any policy conversation about the cost of health care must first tackle the cost of chronic disease.  Join us in telling presidential candidates and political leaders across the country to get to work and join us in the #fight4health