Food is Medicine Initiative

A collaboration of the American Heart Association and The Rockefeller Foundation

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The vision for the Food is Medicine (FIM) Initiative is to accelerate a future in which millions of patients receive the benefit of a more holistic approach to diet and health, health care professionals know how to target and use FIM approaches to help prevent and manage disease, and payors have sufficient, objective cost and effectiveness evidence for reimbursing FIM programs.

The Food is Medicine Initiative will focus on patients with, or at high risk of, chronic health conditions that can be managed by adherence to specific dietary requirements. This includes patients receiving prescriptions for meals that are specific to their condition, such as low-sodium nutritious meals for patients with hypertension, carb and sugar-balanced nutritious meals for patients with Type 2 diabetes, and high-fiber, low-fat and low-sugar meals for patients with cardiovascular disease.

We're building on critical evidence that the health care system can help patients access and consume healthy food.

Our Work

Read about the American Heart Association’s longtime commitment to both food and access to health care, as well as The Rockefeller Foundation’s commitment to Food is Medicine.

Meet our Leadership & Participants

Meet our esteemed Research Planning Group and Participant Organizations.

Follow our Work

Statement by Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, and Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, on New Food Is Medicine Research Initiative | American Heart Association