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Food is Health Pilot Improves Patients' Diabetes Markers

An Ohio-based family medicine residency program has discovered a way to encourage good nutrition in patients with diabetes whose households also struggle with food insecurity.

Even better, outcomes one year after the start of the Food is Health program -- initiated by the OhioHealth Riverside Family Medicine Residency Program in Columbus -- show patient weight loss, improved blood sugars and positive attitudes.

Details about the program and its successes were highlighted at the Residency Program Solutions portion of the AAFP's Residency Education Symposium held here April 5-9.

Residency program director Laurie Hommema, M.D., along with Miriam Chan, Pharm.D., program director of the Riverside Methodist Hospital Quality and Safety Fellowship and director of scholarly activity and population health at the residency program, led the April 8 session.

Defining Food Insecurity

Chan defined food insecurity as a condition that limits a person's access to the food needed for an active, healthy lifestyle. She described three levels of food insecurity:

Walmart health care plan and type 1 diabetes?

I work part time at Walmart while attending college. I just became eligible for health insurance. I was wondering if anyone could help me choose what plan to get that will help pay for my insulin and other diabetes supplies such as serenges and test strips.

I don't know what health plans are offered by Walmart but you can find out, You need to contact each plan to determine which one would be best suited for you.

Where can I find health care assistance for adults in North Carolina?

I am 19 years old, diabetic, and enrolled part time in college. I have a job but I also live on my own and support myself. Diabetes supplies and medications are very expensive and I do not have health insurance, nor any way of getting it. I barely make

Assistance programs for free or reduced-cost insulin and prescription medications and diabetes prescription supplies: istance-programs/free-insulin-medication s-1.html
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