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5 NYC Hospital Programs That Use Food to Address Chronic Diseases

There is overwhelming evidence demonstrating the impact of poor nutrition on health, specifically among diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. These diet-related chronic diseases now account for half of all deaths in the United States and have replaced tobacco as the leading causes of preventable death and illness worldwide. Below is a list of 5 NYC hospital programs that use food and nutrition to prevent or manage diet-related chronic diseases among their patients.


Bellevue Hospital

Name of program: Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program
Location: Manhattan
Year it Started: The program was initiated as a pilot in 2018 .
Target Population: Adult patients living with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or other health concerns related to obesity.
How the Program Uses Food: The Plant-Based Lifestyle Program provides patients living with diet-related chronic diseases support in making  lifestyle changes that optimize health, lower the risk of disease complications, and improve overall well-being. The program focuses on six aspects of lifestyle change: a healthy plant-based diet, physical activity, stress reduction, sleep health, social connectedness, and avoidance of risky substances, and  includes individual appointments as well as group classes. In addition, participants have access to a plant-based doctor, a registered dietitian, and a health coach. In 2022, Mayor Eric Adams announced that the program is scheduled to expand to serve qualifying NYC Health + Hospitals patients at Jacobi, Lincoln, Woodhull, Kings County, and Elmhurst, and Gotham Health, Vanderbilt hospitals.
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