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Organic Food is the Best Medicine, and a Pennsylvania Hospital Agrees

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January 11, 2017   Copyright: Organic Authority

What if hospitals took the ultimate step in preventative medicine: bringing healthy, organic food right to their patients? That’s what Lankenau Medical Center finally did in April 2015, when it opened the Deaver Wellness Farm after years of planning. The half-acre organic farm has one goal: providing healthy, fresh, organic food to patients. It was in 2011 that administrators at the Center, located right on the border of Philadelphia County, realized that this was the unhealthiest of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, with widespread obesity and chronic disease including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension. It was no surprise that patients also had varying access to healthy food and nutritional knowledge, given the prevalence of food insecurity in the area. ...

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