Think about the most common things you get when you go to the pharmacy. You probably walk out with some painkillers, antibiotics, or an antacid. Well a new pharmacy in Pennsylvania is giving patients fresh food and changing the way people take care of themselves.
Rather than offering prescription medications, the self-proclaimed food pharmacy that’s giving patients the chance to eat fresh, clean meals—which is the cornerstone to a healthy life.
Geisinger Health System opened up the food pharmacy on the grounds of a hospital in central Pennsylvania, and when you walk in, you’re presented with all kinds of healthy choices: fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain pasta, beans, lean meats and fish, etc.
More than just offering a place for patients to buy food, though, the pharmacy provides a registered dietitian for you to meet with, who gives you advice and meal plans. But that’s not all. Each person gets enough free food to last them for five full days. Um, where do we sign up?
This is a game changer for a lot of patients at the hospital who are having trouble maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
One patient lost 45 pounds, started exercising, and significantly lowered his hemoglobin A1C levels, which is linked to diabetes. Most of the patients at this hospital are from low-income areas, so they have little to no access to grocery stores that provide them with all the healthy produce one needs to eat clean.
That’s precisely why Geisinger Health System is investing in their patients’ health in a sustainable way. By showing them what to eat and how to cook, it’s much more likely that they will be able to take care of themselves in the long run.
Because as important as medicine can be at times, nothing is more lasting than creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself. You’ll be sick a lot less often.