New program at Lincoln Medical Center allows doctors to prescribe fruits, vegetables for overweight children

The program will only last for four months.

The program will only last for four months. (7/23/13)

THE BRONX - Some doctors are writing an unusual type of prescription to keep Bronx residents healthy.

Lincoln Medical Center is part of a national program that lets doctors write prescriptions for fruits and vegetables for overweight children.

After a doctor gives the patient a prescription, the patient gets "health bucks" they can use at local farmer's markets to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.

Each family member gets a dollar a day, so a family of five, for example, gets $35 a week.

The program only lasts for four months, but if successful, may expand to other hospitals.

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