According to Natural News, New York Citymade news when they approved of the "Fruit and Vegetables Prescription Program.” As per this program, the doctors can now prescribe fresh fruits and vegetables to patients who are suffering from obesity or overweight problems by offering them “Health Bucks” that can be easily redeemed at any local farmer’s market. But this step is strongly protested by the FDA, because according to them, fruits and vegetables don’t play any role in improving an individual’s health. Although present day knowledge of nutrition and diseases is completely different, the fact remains that it is still a federal policy. And as such, the doctors are promoting unapproved drugs and hence it is violating the federal law.
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Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, along with Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas A. Farley and Health and Hospitals Corporation President Alan D. Aviles, has taken two initiatives to increase New Yorkers' access to farm produce. The Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program is one of them and the other one is the “Come See What’s Cookin’, Kids” program, which aims to bring healthy eating habits amongst school children. In addition to these two initiatives, the SNAP incentive program is aiming to make fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible to the common man by reducing their price. As a result of this, there will be an increase of 32% compared to last year. These initiatives are a great effort on part of the government that hardly does anything in favor of the common people. This initiative is widely appreciated by the common people as it is propagating a way of healthy living.
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