Produce for Kids® Creates Food Rx Series with Jessica DeLuise
ORLANDO, FL - In 2016, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that one out of every five children was living with childhood obesity. Not only are children more at risk for physical illnesses such as arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, but they’ll also be more prone to bullying and depression. That’s why Produce for Kids® teamed up with Jessica DeLuise—PA-C, CCMS, physician assistant, culinary medicine specialist, and author of EatYourWayToWellness.com—to create Food Rx, a monthly Instagram Live video series that includes blog posts and podcast episodes focusing on the important role food plays in overall health.
“I am thrilled to collaborate with Produce for Kids on Food Rx,” said Jessica DeLuise. “The digital audience that Produce for Kids has built is the perfect arena to share my learnings and deliver practical approaches to food and nutrition to families.”
According to the press release, DeLuise has a Masters degree in Health Science and Physician Assistant Studies from Drexel University, is certified as a Physician Assistant Medical Provider, and certified in Culinary Medicine from Tulane University’s Culinary Medicine Specialist Program.
With over ten years of clinical experience in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, DeLuise is the perfect partner based on the fact that she has built her career on the foundation that food can be utilized to treat and prevent disease as a first line therapy. She also has a dedication to helping individuals learn which foods are nutrient dense and can support their overall wellness.
“We recognize there are a lot of questions when it comes to looking to food as medicine and are excited to help answer some of those questions through Food Rx,” said Amanda Keefer, Managing Director at Produce for Kids. “It is our hope that we can gradually incorporate our many health-conscious brand partners into this initiative as a benefit to the health food and fresh produce industry.”
In an effort to help prevent families from becoming part of this statistic, Food Rx will be an avenue to help its viewers understand the health benefits through nutrition education and recipe inspiration. The first segment will air on the Produce for Kids Instagram on Sunday, July 14, at 12 p.m. ET. The series will embrace her philosophy that food is often the first line of defense in treating disease, but will be delivered in a fun and easily digestible way.
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