This program uses a “social prescribing” model to connect families with children and/or seniors with local healthy foods, physical activity, and educational resources. Social prescribing is a method that refers individuals to nonclinical supportive services and community resources that address social, emotional, or practical needs.
- To increase fruit and vegetable consumption and time spent doing physical activities among program participants.
- To increase participants’ knowledge and skills to engage in health behaviors.
- To promote relationship building and community among participants.
- To create and foster partnerships with local clinics and health care providers, social service and religious organizations, food markets, and physical activity opportunities to support participant health improvement and promote program sustainability.
- Must be part of a family with children (0-18) or a senior (age 60+). Includes families with children (living in the household at least part-time), a single senior, seniors living in the same household, or seniors raising children.
- Must be experiencing limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables
- Have limited access to health care services
- Must be able to travel to Pontiac and/or Waterford to redeem prescriptions for fruits and vegetables and redeem vouchers at participating vendors in Pontiac or Waterford.
- Must be able to connect virtually to health education sessions (can be accessed from a mobile device).
This program has been funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Partners include Healthy Pontiac We Can! coalition, Oakland County Health Division, Oakland University and numerous other local organizations.