“A healthy lifestyle starts with diet, but it’s often difficult to get access to healthy, affordable foods,” said Cox Enterprises Chairman Jim Kennedy. “I’m excited that Grady and its partners are taking the lead in providing quality food to patients and families through the Food as Medicine partnership. This is an innovative approach to healthcare and we’re happy to support it.”
Grady has more than 600,000 outpatient visits each year, and like half of all Americans, many patients suffer with a chronic illness. Poor health is often exacerbated by food insecurity in this population, perpetuating a cycle of chronic illness that contributes to high health care costs and utilization. The Food as Medicine program aims to collaboratively improve access to healthy, affordable food, ultimately improving food security and health outcomes among patients, families and staff.