Produce Prescription – An Innovative ‘Food is Medicine’ Intervention to Improve Health Among People With Type 2 Diabetes
While produce prescription programs have been established and increasingly growing in scale in the USA, it is unclear if produce prescription programs could be similarly acceptable, feasible, and effective in other healthcare systems and populations such as in Australia. Therefore, we are conducting a randomized controlled trial that will determine the effect of a produce prescription intervention on glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c, %) and other key clinical outcomes in participants with T2D and ongoing hyperglycemia who experience difficulties accessing and eating nutritious food in Australia.
This study will be a two-arm parallel trial with individuals randomized in a 1:1 ratio to intervention or continued usual care (control group). Healthy food boxes will be prescribed to the intervention group and delivered by an industry partner once a week for 6 months. The boxes will contain healthy produce with amounts scaled by the size of the household; and will be accompanied by recipe ideas and support for behavior change. Prior to trial commencement, we will conduct focus group consultations within the target communities to ensure the foods and recipes provided meet their expectations and cultural backgrounds.
To co-design an implementation roadmap produce prescription intervention in an Australian urban setting through a participatory process.
To test whether a produce prescription consisting predominantly of fruit and vegetables among other nutritious food items, is an effective way of treating individuals with type 2 diabetes and reducing their risk of heart disease in the Australian setting.
Professor Jason Wu
Program Head Nutrition Science, The George Institute for Global Health (TGI)
Professor Bruce Neal
Executive Director, TGI
Dr. Kathy Trieu
Senior Research Fellow, TGI
Dr. Daisy Coyle
Research Fellow, TGI
Dr. Liping (Polly) Huang
Senior Data Analyst, TGI
PhD candidate, TGI
Strategic Health Partnership Manager, Diabetes Australia
January 2023 – June 2027
Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian
Distinguished Professor, Jean Mayer Professor of Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University
Professor David Simmons
Head of Endocrinology, Campbelltown Hospital and Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Western Sydney University Macarthur Clinical School
Professor Jencia Wong
Director of Research, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Diabetes Centre, Clinical Professor, University of Sydney
Professor Jane Speight
Foundation Director, Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, Deakin University
Co-CEO, Harris Farm Markets
Ian Potter Foundation