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Presbyterian's Food Pharmacy promotes healthy diet

Colton Shone
May 16, 2018 05:18 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Presbyterian's Kaseman Hospital has a new type of pharmacy, but you won't find pills or other prescription drugs. Instead, you'll find shelves and boxes of food.

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Presbyterian partnered with Roadrunner Food Bank to get the fresh produce. Referred families will be able to take home about 10 pounds of produce as well as low-sodium, low-sugar, shelf-stable food once a week.

"We recognize that food is medicine and if you can't access healthy food you face challenges to be healthy," Presbyterian's Leigh Caswell said.

Caswell said they're working with Presbyterian clinics to identify patients who are food insecure. Officials say chronic hunger affects one in five families in Bernalillo County.

Fifty patients have been chosen as part of this pilot program. Presbyterian officials say once the three-month span is over, they'll review what worked and what didn't so they can find ways to keep the Food Pharmacy up and running more efficiently. 

"We'll be providing nutrition education here at the Food Pharmacy. Many of the patients will have a chronic disease so the food is appropriate for somebody with diabetes or heart disease," Caswell said.

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