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Fruits and veg, by prescription: NYC launches new program
CTVNews ^ | Angela Mulholland

Posted on 07/27/2013 10:33:26 AM PDT by Innovative

Low-income families in New York City struggling with obesity will soon be offered doctor prescriptions -- not for pills, but for fruits and vegetables.

The idea is that families will meet with a doctor at each clinic, as well as a nutritionist and community health worker, to discuss the connection between health and nutrition.

They will then be offered Health Bucks equivalent to $1 per family member per day, so that they can buy unprocessed fruits and vegetables at the markets. That adds up to about $128 per month for a family of four.

Patients are asked to return to the clinic monthly to renew their fruit and vegetable prescriptions, have their body mass index (BMI) evaluated, and discuss their self-managed goals for healthy eating.

(Excerpt) Read more at ctvnews.ca ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bigbrother; government; medicalcare; welfare
Questions:

1. Why can't they spend the welfare money they are already getting on fruits and vegetables, why do they need extra money?

2. Who is paying for the monthly doctor's visit -- that's right, that's you and I, who work.

Right now the money given to them is funded by private donations, but that is only for the veggies, we are paying for their monthly doctor's visits and they want to have the whole program funded by the government.

1 posted on 07/27/2013 10:33:26 AM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative

No worries, no one will participate, and those who did will simply be doing so to sell them to people who actually want fruit and veggies.


2 posted on 07/27/2013 10:35:55 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Innovative

I wish there were severe restrictions on what can be bought with food stamps. No junk food, soda, etc.


3 posted on 07/27/2013 10:36:58 AM PDT by floridavoter2
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To: Innovative

It’s not very expensive to buy fruits and vegetables.

Trying to educate welfare recipients about proper nutrition is fine. They could go to seminars as part of the condition for receiving food stamps. But giving them extra money to buy produce—just no.


4 posted on 07/27/2013 10:37:09 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Innovative
Why can't they spend the welfare money they are already getting on fruits and vegetables, why do they need extra money?

Oh that's easy! Welfare money's for Twinkies, burritos and McDonald's, yo!

5 posted on 07/27/2013 10:38:00 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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6 posted on 07/27/2013 10:39:23 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Innovative

This is Nanny State Bloomberg you’re talking about here, logic does not compute.


7 posted on 07/27/2013 10:40:13 AM PDT by wastedyears (One nation, under wub. Saints Row IV)
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To: TexasFreeper2009; All

NY food stamp recipients are shipping welfare-funded groceries to relatives in Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Haiti

July 21, 2013

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/it_on_y22owkLpsldSAjDVC9isjM

“Food stamps are paying for trans-Atlantic takeout — with New Yorkers using taxpayer-funded benefits to ship food to relatives in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Welfare recipients are buying groceries with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and packing them in giant barrels for the trip overseas, The Post found.

The practice is so common that hundreds of 45- to 55-gallon cardboard and plastic barrels line the walls of supermarkets in almost every Caribbean corner of the city.

The feds say the moveable feasts go against the intent of the $86 billion welfare program for impoverished Americans.”

$$$ 86 BILLION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


8 posted on 07/27/2013 10:42:08 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Bloated nanny state be damned.


9 posted on 07/27/2013 10:46:12 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Innovative

You’ve gotta love America...the poorest of the poor are the fattest of the fat. What does it take to be REALLY poor in America?


10 posted on 07/27/2013 10:49:37 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Innovative

Which they will then exchange for booze, cigs and snack crap.


11 posted on 07/27/2013 10:50:19 AM PDT by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms.....")
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

An IRS lien against your wages and assets....


12 posted on 07/27/2013 10:51:28 AM PDT by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms.....")
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To: Innovative

It is a Liberal concept.

So, yes, it sounds good, starts off nice.

But, eventually, the coupons will become to burdensome and will be replaced by EBT cards. After which the holders can buy whatever they want.

Libs never learn.


13 posted on 07/27/2013 10:51:35 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: Innovative

FedGov is changing “Electronic Benefits Transfer” (EBT) to mean Eat Better Tonight. Up next, YBBVFP — Your Big Brother Veggie and Fruit Prescription.


14 posted on 07/27/2013 10:52:09 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Innovative

How about giving them a handful of vegetable seeds and tell them to plant a garden. If they don’t have a yard, then o containers and the window sill. That’ll give them some exercise and some needed Vit D aka sunshine. Better yet, kick anyone under 70 off food stamps after 6 months.


15 posted on 07/27/2013 10:52:43 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: floridavoter2
"I wish there were severe restrictions on what can be bought with food stamps. No junk food, soda, etc."

There are restrictions. I see people at the checkout counter separating their items into what does and does not qualify for food stamps.
16 posted on 07/27/2013 11:02:02 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Innovative

Good grief! Now it takes a village to eat. Morons spending our money.


17 posted on 07/27/2013 11:03:50 AM PDT by MichiganCheese (The darker the culture, the brighter your light can shine.)
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To: Innovative

In ILL-ANNOY we just exceeded the number of total jobs by the number of those on food stamps. Next Father’s Day, I should get about 5 extra cards from those I am currently supporting, so I got THAT going for me. Welcome to prescription foods soon to be included in ObamaCare as a new “right” not found in the Constitution, but will be assumed as a right from the left.


18 posted on 07/27/2013 11:07:58 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: Innovative

Even better - as I have posted here before - you need help with food - we’ll give it to you.

When you sign up - cooking lessons and a few pans, spoons, bowls and a cook book designed for the food stuffs we’ll be giving you.

Then we give you the actual food once and week, once every other week, and you’ll have to cook it. Make use of in-season and surplus goods. Carrots, cabbage, onions, potatoes, rice, beans, lentils, flour, sugar, OJ concentrate, milk, tea or coffee. Fruit in season or surplus. Same for veggies. Meat - if available. Heck, throw in salt, pepper, cooking oil, other seasonings once in a while. I bet most of us here could live on that.

You starve, it’s your choice.

If you don’t have a job, you have time to make your own bread.


19 posted on 07/27/2013 11:25:54 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Innovative
The solution to all problems created by government solutions is more government solutions that create more problems.

Ain't government grand?

20 posted on 07/27/2013 11:31:00 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

My thought exactly. Maybe I can pick up some veggie vouchers at half price from some welfare folks I know


21 posted on 07/27/2013 11:38:24 AM PDT by PGR88
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22 posted on 07/27/2013 11:39:26 AM PDT by RedMDer (When immigrants cannot or will not assimilate, its really just an invasion. Throw them out!)
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To: Innovative
God I love the new math of the illiterate.

“... $1 per family member per day, so that they can buy unprocessed fruits and vegetables at the markets. That adds up to about $128 per month for a family of four...”

$1 x 4 x 32 = $128 Q: OK stupid reporter, how many months have “about” 32 days? A: None!

23 posted on 07/27/2013 11:44:01 AM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: floridavoter2

“I wish there were severe restrictions ....”

And thus, the nanny state is born.


24 posted on 07/27/2013 11:47:17 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Innovative

Just more food stamps pretending to be healthcare.


25 posted on 07/27/2013 11:51:16 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Innovative

This is beyond insane, but I’ll play along...

Into which category does Mary Jane fall into? fruit or vegetable?

How soon will it be before we won’t be able to buy F&V without a prescription?

How much F&V can one purchase for $1? UpState NY peaches are 2.99/lb and broccoli and celery $1.99 a bunch, Cauliflower 4.99 a head..... that’s why I grow my own.


26 posted on 07/27/2013 12:07:40 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Innovative

What an F’ing WASTE of the tax-payer’s money and a physician’s time!
Whoever thinks up the horse sh$t should be shot.
Stores will let them buy whatever they want with the money because no one has the time to control what people buy with their fed handout vegetable credit f’ing cards!


27 posted on 07/27/2013 12:08:31 PM PDT by doc maverick
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To: Innovative
Most doctors are ignorant about diet and nutrition, so how does this help fat folks?

Folks on welfare eat what they want and they are NOT interested in diets or nutrition. How are you going to force compliance?

Bloomberg should take his obesity war and shove it where the sun doesn't shine (along with anyone else that subscribes to this insane idea).

28 posted on 07/27/2013 12:30:48 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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So ‘the poor’ will be feasting on Mackinaw peaches while I’m stuck with whatever apples are on sale. Grr!


29 posted on 07/27/2013 12:39:20 PM PDT by pluvmantelo (In the future everyone will be Emmanuel Goldstein, for fifteen minutes.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

The “poor” people in this country live lifestyles which are the envy of half the world’s population.


30 posted on 07/27/2013 12:46:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: bgill
How about giving them a handful of vegetable seeds and tell them to plant a garden.

You can buy herb and vegetable seeds and plants with food stamps. Why it isn't promoted more, especially in rural areas is beyond me.

31 posted on 07/27/2013 12:54:43 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Innovative
If this is like every other government program, it starts at $128 per month and winds up at $821 per month.





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32 posted on 07/27/2013 12:55:32 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Kill the bill... Begin enforcing our current laws, signed by President Ronald Reagan.)
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To: TomGuy

But, eventually, the coupons will become to burdensome and will be replaced by EBT cards. After which the holders can buy whatever they want.
Libs never learn.

This assumes that expansion of the EBT system is not the original goal..


33 posted on 07/27/2013 2:10:12 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sigat voted then up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: Innovative; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Soon they'll be snorting illegal peas in NYC.


34 posted on 07/27/2013 4:52:37 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Innovative

Ummmm...how much fruits and veggies could be purchased for the price of some air Jordan’s? Priorities...tough one.


35 posted on 07/27/2013 4:52:51 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: Innovative

A better option would simply be restricting what could be bought with food stamps. No Hostess or Little Debby snack cakes, no ice cream, no junk food. Potatoes, peas, carrots, cheese, milk, vegetables and healthy protein should be allowed. But ditch the junk food for healthy foods via purchasing restrictions, and you force them to eat healthier while giving them an incentive to earn more money.


36 posted on 07/27/2013 7:00:30 PM PDT by tbw2
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