Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation’s fruit and vegetable voucher program resulted in patient weight loss and decreases in body mass index and glucose levels.
“MCHC is proud of the impact of this program not only for our patients, but also for our community,” said Mike Caudill, MCHC chief executive officer.
About 150 MCHC patients redeemed 1,049 Farmacy vouchers at the Letcher County Farmers Market to purchase more than $18,000 worth of locally grown produce from June 17 until September 30.
Ninety-three Farmacy participants who were surveyed said they saw overall improvement in their wellbeing. Body mass index dropped by 7.4 percent and participants lost a total of 105.6 pounds. Glucose levels dropped by 267 points.
Sixty-four percent of those surveyed said they purchased food at the farmers market to can for the winter.
Patients diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and prenatal patients qualified for the program. Patients who met federal poverty guidelines and were diagnosed with hypertension, obesity or diabetes were also candidates for produce vouchers.
Farmacy partners include Community Farm Alliance, WellCare, Passport, BB&T and Delta Dental.