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Turning education and food into life-changing results

Patients who are identified as having HBA1C levels greater than 8 and as being food insecure are given a “prescription” or referral by their primary care physician for the Fresh Food Farmacy. Once enrolled, we provide clinical interventions including care management, diabetes education and consultations with our dietitians and pharmacists. 

Patients receive more than 20 hours of diabetes education with our health coaches and receive a welcome kit including measuring cups and spoons, recipes and nutritional information to use at home. Each week, patients receive enough food to prepare healthy and nutritious meals for their whole family, twice a day for five days. On average, we feed a household of four, including two children. 

Continued education and support 
Our patients attend a weekly diabetes self-management support group and utilize an online wellness module to learn more about nutrition. In addition, our patients have access to free, interactive cooking and nutrition classes offered by our dietitians and health coaches.

The Fresh Food Farmacy is an example of the Geisinger Medical Home model which brings team members together, working collaboratively to ensure the best outcomes for patients.

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