VegNews Daily

NYC Fights Obesity With Produce Prescriptions

The Empire State issues “Health Bucks” to encourage residents to get their food at local farmers’ markets.

New York City residents will now be able to combat obesity and the myriad diet-related chronic diseases with fresh produce. The GrowNYC campaign gives low-income residents one “Health Buck” every day for each member of their families, which can be used to buy fruits and vegetables from farmers’ markets. The initiative enjoyed a successful test run two years ago in Massachusetts, Maine, California, and Rhode Island, and has expanded to seven states since. One of the program participants reported that her son lost nearly 40 pounds using the health bucks. Health experts such as Dr. Shefali Khanna, chief of pediatrics at Lincoln Medical Center, are proponents of Health Bucks. “This is really an investment for the future,” says Khanna. “And we hope we have a whole generation of kids who benefit from this, and reaches adulthood at a healthy optimal weight.”

 Comments

New York City Plays Host to 3rd Annual Vegan Festival

The all-vegan event to feature renowned speakers, chefs, fitness camps, and a marketplace.
Read More »

UK Study Reveals Soaring Non-Dairy Milk Sales

Plant-based milks are more popular than ever, and not just in the United States.
Read More »

Alicia Silverstone Hosts Son’s Birthday Party at Sanctuary

Guests play with animals and enjoy a vegan picnic at Los Angeles' Farm Sanctuary.
Read More »

McDonald’s Japan Launches Tofu McNuggets

The fast-food chain introduces tofu-based product following meat scandal.
Read More »

Esprit Launches Vegan Shoe Collection for Women

Fashion retailer partners with PETA to introduce a faux leather shoe line.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »