Current Projects

Title: Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program
Status: Current
Topic: Community;Cooking/Culinary Arts;Nutrition / Diet;Worksite Wellness
Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Funding Period: 2016-2019
Study Design: Pre/post

This project is being conducted as a subset of the CHOOSE project, with a worksite serving as one of the community portals. The PRC has partnered with Wholesome Wave®, a Bridgeport-based non-profit, to pilot test an adaptation of its Fruit and Vegetable Prescription program, which has previously been offered elsewhere in clinical settings. The PRC will offer this program in a worksite “portal” (Griffin Hospital), and will examine its impact on participants’ fruit and vegetable purchases and intake, along with their diet quality and health-related outcomes.

Further Study Details:

60 participants will be randomly assigned to either the fruit and vegetable prescription program (30 participants) or control/no intervention (30 participants). Those in the fruit and vegetable group will attend 10 sessions (45 minutes each) and receive coupons/vouchers to purchase fruits and vegetables. The sessions will focus on delicious, nutritious, affordable, simple, and quick meal preparation. All participants will receive a $50 gift card at each of the data collection time points (3 time points for the intervention group, 2 for the control group). Those in the intervention group will receive weekly vouchers/incentives to purchase fruits and vegetables for their families.


All Griffin Hospital employees who are able to participate in weekly lunch & learn nutrition and cooking workshops for a 10-week period.

Evaluation: We will collect data from participants at 3 time points if assigned to the fruit and vegetable group, or at 2 time points if assigned to the control group. They will be asked to: complete surveys on their food and beverage intake, household meal practices, cooking skills, physical activity, and medication use; and have the research team track their food purchases and measure their body mass index, body composition, waist size, blood pressure, serum lipids, and hemoglobin A1C. Those in the fruit and vegetable group will complete a brief survey at the end of each weekly session.

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