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Geisinger Fresh Food Farmacy

100 North Academy Ave.
MC 25-76
Danville, PA 17822

Research proves a healthy diet and exercise can be just as important as medication in regulating blood sugar and preventing long-term complications from diabetes. However, many people lack access to healthy food or knowledge about a healthy diet. Our “food as medicine” approach puts this research into action, combating high obesity rates, pre-diabetes and diabetes by providing fresh, healthy food to those most in need. But most importantly, the Fresh Food Farmacy empowers participants to manage their medical conditions through food-related behavior and life style changes. The Fresh Food Farmacy has positively impacted the lives of nearly 250 patients and their family members in Northumberland County. By participating in our classes, patients realized they weren't alone and the challenges they face are the same ones facing many of their neighbors. Our patients are seeing significant HBA1C improvements and are better able to manage their diabetes with fewer complications. They're able to provide their families with nutritious meals they prepare themselves. In addition, most participants started exercising and report they're more involved in managing their own health and the health of their families. The most profound finding, however, is that by providing healthy food and continual education, several participants have been able to reduce or even eliminate their diabetes medications. We will be expanding to include more patients in Northumberland County, as well as into Juniata, Mifflin and Lackawanna counties.