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Published on February 01, 2017

Special Edition: Introducing the FLAVORx programSpecial Edition: Introducing the FLAVORx program

FLAVORx – Farm and Local Health Alliance for Vegetables and Fruit in Outcome-based Rx program – was a 12-week study conducted right here on Cape Cod by Emerald Physicians medical director Kumara Sidhartha, MD. The study followed 18 people to see whether by changing to a whole food, plant-based diet they could measurably improve their health. The pilot also investigated how nutritional education and better access to fresh fruits and vegetables can improve the health of individuals and families.

The challenge of eating healthier is particularly acute on Cape Cod. It may surprise many that access to fresh fruits and vegetables among lower-income residents is the lowest of any county in Massachusetts.

Dr. Sidhartha’s program has already shown promising results. One patient’s blood sugar level recently dropped from a dangerous 417 to a normal 100. Another patient went from experiencing heart pain after five steps to walking miles without discomfort.

In both cases, Dr. Sidhartha attributes such improvement to eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

Below is a list of the five stories featured in this special edition FLAVORx newsfeed:

plantsWhole foods and plants adds up to healthy

Local doctor Kumar Sidhartha, MD says a plant based diet can help you manage chronic conditions – and he practices it himself. Read the full story.

These prescriptions are for vegetables – not pills

A 12-week study of 18 Cape Codders conducted by a local doctor looked at the health benefits of eating fresh, local produce. Read the full story.

‘Always add the greens last’

Local dietician and fresh foods enthusiast Nicole Cormier teaches Cape Codders how to cook for your health – and your enjoyment. Read the full story.

Feeding Cape Codders one garden at a time

Sustainable CAPE celebrate local food and farmers, while teaching healthy living. Read the full story.

Recipe Corner: Farmers’ Market Stew

Nicole Cormier, RD, LDN of Delicious Living Nutrition, Inc. shares how to make a hearty plant based stew with local root vegetables. Get the recipe here.

Note: As of 5/1/2019, Emerald Physicians joined Medical Affiliates of Cape Cod (MACC), a division of primary and specialty care physicians from Cape Cod Healthcare.