Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a project designed to increase awareness about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating more fresh, wholesome, healthy produce, and how doing such can reduce the risks of a wide variety of health concerns. For four years, the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), has been connecting patients to local farmers in an effort to start a revolution that would make significant changes for the community as a whole in the way we approach food and nutrition. The dietary choices we make today can affect our long-term health, which is why community action is so important.
Everyone knows that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables can have a significantly profound impact on everything from sleep to pain management, but in order to live the healthiest life possible we need to make the right choices concerning our health every single day. Trying to make the right choices alone can make sticking to them that much harder, which is why thanks to the efforts of the leaders at SVMC, you don’t have to. By creating not just a project, but also an entire thriving community of committed individuals, there have been more than 4,000 CSA’s introduced around the country to help countless people from around the nation make smarter choices to benefit their health thanks to the 12-week program. The more people who get involved the better it gets. Now patients in need have access to the fresh healthy foods necessary to help them nourish their bodies throughout times of recovery, as well as help them create better eating habits, without struggling in the kitchen for any long period of time.
Weekly demonstrations allow patients and other members throughout the community to get the opportunity to see how easy it is to make fast and easy meals from limited fresh ingredients, giving them the confidence to be more creative in the kitchen and discover new flavor favorites. A CSA cookbook is available and contains all kinds of helpful tips and tricks for measuring and freezing food for accurate portions and bulk preparation, as well as other information on how to find better food for less during your weekly shopping trips. A CSA program is wonderful for every community in many ways. It teaches and informs various communities around the country on how to easily live a better, healthier life, it connects a diverse assortment of people who are able to help and support one another, and even provides nutritional meals for the people who need it most by donating leftover food and ingredients to local shelters, churches, soup kitchens, and more. There’s no reason every city in this country should not have a CSA program in place. Find out if your community has a CSA program and how you can get involved by contacting your local hospital or community leaders today. Call 629.777.8989 or fill in the free consultation form in the sidebar to learn more about how our software can positively impact the lives of the patients and visitors you service every day.