Turning education and food into life-changing results
Patients who are identified as having A1C levels greater than 8.0 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 (10 meals per week).
Continued education and support
Our patients attend an evidence-based weekly diabetes self-management program and have the option to utilize an online suite of wellness offerings. Our patients also have access to no-cost, interactive nutrition and wellness education classes offered by our dietitians and health coaches. Additionally, our partners offer grocery store tours and cooking demonstrations.
The Fresh Food Farmacy is an example of our Geisinger Medical Home model which brings team members together, working collaboratively to ensure the best outcomes for patients.