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Studies estimate that healthier diets among North Carolinians might may prevent $71 billion per year in medical costs, lost productivity, and premature deaths associated with poor diet. North Carolina communities, particularly in rural areas, face the dual challenge of high rates of chronic disease (obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer) and economic decline.

A 2018 study led by researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University gave a weekly allotment of locally grown vegetables to low-income, high-risk patients at The UNC Family Medicine Center, in addition to connecting them with existing nutrition education programs. Researchers are examining changes in patient diet and biometric measures, as well as the impact on farmers. Laurel Sisler, WMP Director, served as the project manager for this research study. Once published, data will be shared here.

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