Let's see: A bottle of codeine syrup, some Nasonex, and a bunch of arugula. Doctors at three health centers in Massachusetts aren't just telling their patients to eat their vegetables; they're handing out coupons making it more affordable for them to do so, calling it "prescription produce." In a project sponsored by Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited
, the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, and Wholesome Wave
, these clinics are working to fight the fast food-induced obesity that so often plagues lower-income families. According to a New York Times story
about this operation, the coupons add up to about a dollar a day, which will probably go a long way towards not only helping folks get better nutrition, but also demonstrating how inexpensive and increasingly easy it is to obtain fresh, healthy produce. The effort, notes the Times
, "may also help farmers' markets compete with fast-food restaurants selling dollar value meals."