The City of Houston Health Department was awarded a 2nd Place National Recognition Award for childhood obesity prevention at the 2018 U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM). Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner accepted the $25,000 award at the conference ceremony on January 25, 2018 in Washington D.C.
The Houston Health Department will be able to expand the existing farmer’s market program with funding from this award into the designated priority Complete Communities. This expansion program is a Fruit and Vegetable Prescription (FVRx) Program provided through the Get Moving Houston Farmers’ Markets. The program’s model includes working with doctors to prescribe produce to in-need pediatric patients and their families. Program participants will receive $30 booklets that include 6-$5 coupons for fruit and vegetables they can redeem at local farmers markets.
This expanded farmers’ market program will include distribution of prescription incentives through a trusted health care professional, clinic visits, access to the farmers market network and nutrition education in the clinical setting. The FVRx Incentive Program will be administered April-October 2018 at the six Get Moving Houston Farmer’s Markets.
To learn more about the Get Moving Houston Farmers’ Market Program, please visit www.gohealthyhouston.org/farmersmarket.
To learn more about the USCM 86th Winter Meeting and awards program, please visit https://www.usmayors.org/meetings/86th-winter-meeting/.