Advisory Board February 17, 2023

The “food is medicine” movement — which states that food can be a way to address health — has been gaining popularity in recent months, with the Biden administration voicing support for it. But the movement faces a number of obstacles, including a lack of coverage from insurers, Nicholas Florko writes for STAT.

What is ‘food is medicine?’

There isn’t a hard and fast definition of food is medicine, Florko writes, but it’s generally considered to be anything that recognizes food as a way to address health. It describes things like premade meals designed by dieticians, cooking classes for doctors, and federal programs like WIC and SNAP that address food insecurity.

According to Florko, most experts cite three interventions as...

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