Human Health & Nutrition
"Let food be thy medicine" - Hippocrates
Food as medicine is an ancient concept, and with good reason. Modern science has shown that there are many important connections between diet and health, including how important it is to consume adequate amounts of fresh, whole foods. Among other things, this means eating food that hasn't traveled thousands of miles to land on your plate. Increasing the consumption of regionally-produced real, whole, organic foods is what TRFW is all about.
TRFW's nutritional efforts
- TRFW Nutrition Booklet: View or Download (3.5 mb PDF)
- Vegetable Rx: There’s a myth that people with low incomes can’t afford healthy foods. We’re busting that myth by showing the very best and most nutritious foods really can be inexpensive, especially in comparison with highly processed foods in supermarkets or convenience stores. Our nutrition committee initiated a break-through 12-week program—called Vegetable Rx—partnering with rural clinics for low-income families and individuals in Western Oregon. The project engages patients who have nutrition-related health issues to participate for three months. The Vegetable Rx program provides full medical workup and tracking (before and after), food coupons for local farmers markets along with professional coaching, and food-preparation classes. All that’s required is a willingness to learn new skills and put them into practice. After 12 weeks, participants have a real experience of eating differently and also show meaningful health improvements
Local Nutritional Resources
National Nutritional Resources